Subject: Huge hornet
Location: Blythewood, SC
July 21, 2017 8:19 pm
We live in Blythewood, SC and tonight this hornet came on our deck and then 4-5 others after it was killed. I need to know what kind of hornet as I have small children and am now terrified to let them go outside.
Signature: Jessica Brasy

European Hornet

Dear Jessica,
This is a European Hornet,
Vespa crabro.  According to BugGuide:  “Woodlands. Paper nest is built in hollow trees, or in human structures such as attics. Adults come to lights.”

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Location: Blythewood, South Carolina

One Response to European Hornet

  1. Aaron says:

    It should be noted that hornets (and most wasps in general) will release a pheromone when killed that attracts and enrages others from the nest. Yet another reason to leave them in peace.

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