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