About HORNETS - Like wasps but much largerMost are our native European hornet, but be on the lookout for invading Asian hornets
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HORNETS are the largest European social wasp, usually 30-40 mm long
The smallest workers are bigger than the queens of most other species of wasp, and the queens are more than an inch long. They are easily identified by their size and their brown and orange-yellow stripes, whereas ordinary wasps are black and yellow. They live mostly in wooded areas in the south of England.
Like a wasp, but much bigger
Hornets have an unwarranted fearsome reputation because of their size and their loud hum, but in spite of that they are relatively docile and will rarely sting. If you are unlucky and are stung by a hornet, you will know about it!
Asian hornets - alien species!
Please click here to read about this predator, how it could threaten our honey bees and what to do if you find one.
It is slightly smaller than our native hornet, and is easily identified by its yellow legs and much darker abdomen.For more information ,see the Non-Native Species Secretariat website
Paint or wood preservative discorages them but trees are harder to protect so sometimes the only solution is to locate and destroy the nest.
Contact Steve Smith at Cedar Pest (02380 739071 or 07976 425453 for advice. For full details please read our Swarms and pest control information