Hornets

Hornet cleaning leg

Male hornet cleaning its front legs.

The hornet (Vespa crabro) is Britain’s largest wasp species.

They prey on other wasps, honey bees, flies, butterflies, moths and spiders.

Hornet predating solitary wasp

Hornet disassembles solitary wasp prey

Saplings are ring-barked to encourage sap flow, which is then collected.

Hornets drinking birch sap

Hornets drinking sap from stripped birch sapling.

Nests are usually in aerial situations, particularly inside hollow trees, but also in attics and outhouses.

Hornets returning to nest

Hornets entering and exiting nest in trunk of hollow pine tree (composite)

Hornets' nest

Abandoned hornets’ nest in outside toilet.

Despite their fearsome reputation hornets are actually remarkably docile creatures and I found them much less intimidating to photograph than their common wasp (“yellow jacket”) relatives.

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