Asian Hornet – Vespa velutina.

Sunrise: 04.46    Sunset: 09.33

I am pretty sure the hornet that has been terrorising me in Hoo Wood is Vespa crabro, a European hornet. The killer insect referred to in this Telegraph article, responsible for decimating the bee population of France and attacking people, is the Asian hornet Vespa velutina.

Apparently, these arrived in France in 2004 hidden in a consignment of pottery from China.

I read this article and recognised the orangey yellow livery immediately, but the reporter has used an image of a European instead of an Asian hornet:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/8347585/Asian-hornets-could-invade-Britain.html

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