Is a non-native species from Asia, it arrived in France during 2004 and is spreading rapidly.
Currently there has been a nest in Tetbury Glos, Woolacombe and several in Jersey. It is felt that it is likely to get established soon in mainland UK.
It is a highly effective predator of insects including Honey Bees and should not be confused the European Hornet. More information here and herehttps://www.bbka.org.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/asian-hornet-faqs