(Vespa crabro)

The European hornet is not known to be aggressive unless you are attacking it, or its nest. These can be found in the south of Britain. These creatures should be regarded as pest controllers themselves, they are great at keeping the population of other vertebrates down

European Hornet

Description

  • Black and yellow abdomen, black and red thorax and head

  • Adult workers are around 3 cm Long

  • Queen around 4 cm long

Biology

  • Queens can produce 2-3 a day

  • Only the queen will survive the winter

Food

The hornet will capture a vast range of insects to feed the larvae, and in turn, the larvae secrete a sugary liquid that the adults will eat.

They will also eat sap from trees.

Habitat

The Queen will make her nest in hollow trees out of chewed plant material and her saliva to make a paper-like nest

More than twice the size of the common wasp in most cases

The European hornet is less likely to sting you

The European hornet is less likely to sting you

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European Hornet

(Vespa crabro)

More than twice the size of the common wasp in most cases

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