Vespa orientalis – Oriental Hornet
November 19, 2009
Epheseus, Turkey — Vespid found wandering about in front of a nest of its compatriots in a crack between some rocks. Seemed unable to fly. Identified as Oriental Hornet. May be male?
We agree that this is an Oriental Hornet. There does not appear to be a stinger, and the antennae are long, indicators that this is probably a male or drone. We will see if Eric Eaton can confirm the sex of the individual.
Update from Eric Eaton
think the hornet is a female, based on males I have seen of Vespa crabro….