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European hornet This is a European hornet, Really imposing animals! you can clearly hear them flying around you. I took this picture in our orchard, they take other flying insects down with great ease, but here you can clearly see the scars on the eyes other insects left behind.<br />
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European hornet

This is a European hornet, Really imposing animals! you can clearly hear them flying around you. I took this picture in our orchard, they take other flying insects down with great ease, but here you can clearly see the scars on the eyes other insects left behind.

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  1. This is a powerful hornet indeed! Usually some honey farmers mistakenly confuse this hornet with the Asian wasp, due to fear that they have to lose bees due to an wasp attack. Their morphology is quite different,

    https://ilmieledileo.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/vespa_velutina_confronto.jpg

    Vespa velutina Vespa velutina nigrithorax, in clean-ups.<br />
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Invasive for the Portuguese Territory. Asian predatory wasp,Exotic,Vespa velutina,apocrita,arthropoda,biodiversity,exotic,hymenoptera,insecta,insects,invasive species,invasor,vespidae


    V. crabro is a wasp barely considered although it represents no problem for honey production since the Apis mellifera has defense mechanisms to combat a V. crabro attack, while it is most insufficient for invasive V. velutina, for which they don't have no way of possible defense. It is always good to remember that, despite its impressiveness V. crabro is a friendly wasp! :)

    Great capture, as always! Your approach is remarkable, beautiful series! Cheers*
    Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago

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The European hornet ''Vespa crabro'', commonly known simply as the "hornet", is the largest European eusocial wasp.

Species identified by JHoppenbrouwers
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By JHoppenbrouwers

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Uploaded Apr 7, 2016. Captured Sep 20, 2014 16:19 in Gastelsedijk Zuid 9, 4751 VG Oud Gastel, Netherlands.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/1.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO250