Have a Hornet Problem?
Hornet eyes are deeply indented and shaped like a “C.” Their wings are reddish-orange, while the petiolate abdomen is brown striped with yellow. The European hornet is larger than the common wasp, but smaller than some Asian hornet species. It has hair on the thorax and abdomen, although the European hornet is not as hairy as most bees. The species will sting in response to being stepped on or grabbed but generally avoid conflict. They are also defensive of their hive and can be aggressive but around food sources. They are carnivorous and eat large insects: primarily wasps, large moths, and other large bees. Care should be taken when encountered in these circumstances as they may sting without warning. Pain from the sting may persist for several days with localized swelling. If you have been stung you may wish to seek medical attention.