Hornet Identification – Wondering about the differences between European Hornets, Wasps, or Asian Hornets?

Hornet Identification - Wondering about the differences between European Hornets, Wasps, or Asian Hornets?

Giant Hornet Predator Attacking Bees

If there is one insect that inspires more fear than the already much feared wasp, it has to be the European hornet (Vespa crabro).  With its similar appearance, the European hornet is often confused for a large wasp and can provoke panic in the bravest of people.  So, what is the difference? And how can you tell them apart?

The Difference between European Hornets & Wasps  

Hornet Identification

Giant Asian Hornet

Know Your Hornets

The European hornet is the only hornet native to the UK, identification of which can be assisted by the above descriptors.  However, an invasive, non-native hornet, known as the Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) has also been sighted in the UK.  The rise of “killer” Asian hornets was reported last year, and as this species is a significant threat to bees and other pollinators, you must report any sightings of an Asian hornet. You can differentiate the Asian hornet from our native species as they are smaller in size, are very dark brown with fine yellow bands, and have yellow legs.

If hornets are causing you trouble, or you are worried and unsure of the flying insect you saw, don’t stir up a hornet’s nest!

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