What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Giant Hornet
Sun, May 3, 2009 at 6:15 AM
Hello again,
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,
R.G. Marion
Great Smoky Mountains, TN

Giant Hornet

Giant Hornet

Hi R.G.,
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.

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One Response to Giant Hornet

  1. B. A. Reinking says:

    In Blue ridge GA. Large Hornets, fly towards lights and fires at night. Attact Humming Birds and other birds at bird feeders. Are in groups and the sting is super painful. They are large. If one leaves porch light on at night they congregate. Scarey and intrusive.

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