Sun, May 3, 2009 at 6:15 AM
Thanks to your wonderful site and also to Jeff & Helen West of Winchester, VA (9/24/06), this beauty was easily identified as a Giant Hornet, Vespa crabro germana. Maybe these photos will help the next person looking to identify a specimen.
It flew in the house last night, upset a guest, but didn’t make it to morning…found in this condition on the floor.
Many thanks Daniel,
Great Smoky Mountains, TN
Thanks for sending us your photos of the Giant Hornet or European Hornet. We recently posted a photo of a living specimen, and the inclusion of the ruler for scale should be quite helpful to our readership.