07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

A lot of my hives, particularly the empty ones, have been riddled with earwigs all through the summer: wonder if they affect the bees?!Must be the year of the earwig.
On a different line I found a dead Hornet? in the entrance to one of my hives last week. I took pictures and sent one to DEFRA, who have said I can send the insect to them for true identification: to my relief (they say) its’ not an Asian Hornet.