European Hornet - Vespa crabro by julienne1

European Hornet - Vespa crabro

This queen hornet was rummaging around in a hollow tree seeking a suitable place to hibernate when I disturbed her. Our native hornets get a bit of a bad press - maybe because they are so large, this one was around 2 inches long - but they are very rarely aggressive unless severely threatened and their sting is less toxic than a bee's. One problem is that people think they might be the "baddie" Asian Hornet that threatens bee populations - but these are quite different. The Asian Hornet is darker, smaller, and without the wasp-like striped abdomen and instead have a solitary yellow band.
Fabulous colours, favourite!
October 28th, 2016  
I don't like hornets. I find them quite aggressive. Nice shot
October 28th, 2016  
fantastic macro :) fav
October 28th, 2016  
Nice shot
October 28th, 2016  
bep
Wonderful macro.
October 28th, 2016  
Two inches long? Yikes! Brave close up!
October 28th, 2016  
Brilliant close-up
October 28th, 2016  
Great shot of this little monster!! fav
October 28th, 2016  
wonderful image! fav
October 29th, 2016  
Awesome close up.
October 29th, 2016  
Oh boy 2" that's big cool macro
October 29th, 2016  
Oh the sting is so painful. I was stung by one many years ago when I was on a beach in North Wales. I put my arm down by my side not knowing that there was a hornet on my arm and the damned thing got me.
October 29th, 2016  
@onewing ouch!
October 29th, 2016  
A wonderful close up. For some reason it reminds me of a cyclist...
October 29th, 2016  
Fab shot. Fav
October 29th, 2016  
Super focus!
October 29th, 2016  
Amazing macro
October 30th, 2016  
@christophercox well if she had a bike she must have hidden it!
October 30th, 2016  
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