Topic in focus

Bites, stings, venoms and toxic animals


moon jellyfish 

Reporting of wildlife sightings

  • Asian hornets - Defra has launched a new app, Asian Hornet Watch, for the public to report possible sightings quickly and easily, to help prevent the spread of this invasive species
  • Jellyfish - Marine Conservation Society published a Jellyfish Identification Guide [PDF 1.1 MB] and an online sighting report form
  • Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillars - Forestry Commission England have produced information for the public about how to stay safe and ways to report possible sightings [PDF 388 KB]


Information support


References on bites, stings, venoms and toxic animals


  • Swaran et al. (2013) Therapeutic management of bee stinging in horses. Veterinary Practitioner, 14 (1), pp. 67-69
  • Fitzpatrick, K.T. and Flood, A.A. (2006) Hymenoptera stings. Clinical Techniques in Small Animal Practice, 21 (4), pp. 194-204 [online full-text available to Library members]
  • Cousquer, G. (2006) From bee stings to adder bites: all you need to know. VN Times, 6 (9), pp. 22-23


Venoms and toxic animals


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Image: Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) at Gota Sagher (Red Sea, Egypt). Author: Alexander Vasenin. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.