European Hornet

The European hornet Vespa crabro, commonly known simply as the "hornet", is the largest European eusocial wasp. The queen measures 25 to 50 mm (1–2 in) long; males and workers are smaller. In males, as in most members of the Aculeata, the antennae have 13 segments, while in females there are only 12; also as in other aculeates, the male abdomen has seven visible segments, while the female has six; females possess an ovipositor modified into a sting which is not barbed. See wasp and bee characteristics to help identify similar insects.

This species will sting in response to being stepped on or grabbed. They are also defensive of their hive and rather aggressive around food sources such as lilac bushes. Care should be taken when encountered in these circumstances as they may sting without warning. The pain from the sting may persist for several days with attendant swelling.

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European Hornet - Geographic Colour Forms
... European hornets worldwide are found with geographic colour forms Vespa crabro crabro Linnaeus, 1758 Vespa crabro vexator Harris, 1776 ... A European hornet found in southern counties of England, and continental Europe ... This subspecies can be distinguished from the Common European hornet as V ...

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