Hornet Identification

Hornet Identification

The UK is only native to one hornet species, the European Hornet. It is uncommon to see a hornet and they are not associated with disrupting picnics and barbecues. 

European Hornet (Vespa crabro)


  • C-shaped eyes.
  • Red-brown thorax with no markings and short hairs.
  • Yellow-orange abdomen with brown stripes.

Adult Size: workers are up to 30mm; queens are up to 40mm.

Colony Size: up to 300 worker hornets.

Common Nest Sites: holes in trees, bushes, roof spaces and barns.

Diet: insects and larvae secretion.

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