Hornet at its nest, Hickling NNR, Adam Pimble 1/2
Hornet, Horstead, Neville Yardy 2/2

Hornet Vespa crabro

The hornet is Britain’s largest social wasp measuring up to 35mm long – its size alone ensures it cannot be mistaken for any other wasp. Like the common wasp, it is striped but, instead of being black and yellow, it has chestnut-brown and yellowy-orange stripes. The head consists of stout antennae, two ‘c’ shaped eyes and three round simple eyes.

Conservation status

This is a generally peaceful, non-aggressive species. It is not currently threatened.

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Hornets are the largest eusocial wasps; some species can reach up to 55 mm (2.2 in) in length.

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