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Giant Hornet

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By Janey

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Just to let you be aware……yesterday we were sitting in the garden when this massive Hornet wasp flew down and started searching holes and cracks in the concrete (there are quite a lot!)……it must have been at least 1.5ins. long….the tail end bright orange and hazy orange wings. I rushed to get the camera but it had flown over the wall before I could snap it.

Looking on google…it sounds like the Giant Asian Hornet which has been decimating colonies of bees all over France, and is expected to fly north. It lives by eating honey bees…so is a real natural born killer. The sting from it can be extremely painful if not lethal. More than likely it flew across the channel on the warm air from France last week. Our cold winter temperatures are the only way of keeping it in check.

First the Honey bees numbers have been drastically reduced because of a mite…and now this dreadful creature is set to plague them.

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EEEEK!!! I don't like the sound of that at all, Janey! :-(((

29 May, 2010

 

OOOh, Janey, that sounds alarming...
Some years ago I lived in a house where I had my postbox by the gate in the front garden. One day I put my hand in the box, to take out the mail, and, just in time, saw a huge hornet sitting in the box... :o(((

29 May, 2010

 

Poor bees have enough to contend with. I assume we go in the garden armed with a massive swatter otherwise without out help the bees will be further decimated. also any pets we have come come a cropper. Thanks for the info

29 May, 2010

 

Oh dear, if we see any they must be dispatched then Janey. Our poor bees...thanks for the info, I did not know about these.

29 May, 2010

 

Hopefully we won't see them this way, we've seen a drastic reduction in bees used to have a few hives but haven't seen bees lately. It's so sad.

29 May, 2010

 

Thank's for the info Janey! I agree about the poor honeybees, they have enough to contend with.

29 May, 2010

 

oh my god i hate normal wasps janey never mind this giant,,i will be on the look out now, thanx janey, poor bees to ;o(

29 May, 2010

 

http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/japanese/hornet.html

check this site out and you can view a video on them, they are huge against the poor bees which are being attacked ;o(

29 May, 2010

 

when on holiday in france i saw one,it scared the bajeebas out of me,about the size of your thumb

29 May, 2010

 

yes on the site i stated above shows one on someones hand which covers the length of palm, scarey grrr

29 May, 2010

 

Not met this enemy so far Janey and hate killing anything but I think this would be the exception.

29 May, 2010

 

It seems to be a terrible, nasty insect....I watched that video San.....Maybe we'll have to have wasp catchers round the garden...just in case.
Sounds the same Ladybug....we'd never seen any hornet or wasp so large and solid looking!
Yes I agree Pipsqueak...just think of your pets!!
That could have been very nasty Tt.........just be careful where you put your fingers (!)...:o))

29 May, 2010

 

i got a couple of wasp jars just last week so im going to be using them now, it said put sweet liquid in , but not sure what to use in them

29 May, 2010

 

o noooooo will have 2 ck it out thanx 4 the waning think i will get some as well san.

29 May, 2010

 

Me too. It will worry me when the grandchildren are playing out in the garden.

29 May, 2010

 

Thanks Janey,not too far from you so will keep a look out.
If all who see them add to this blog we can be aware how widespread they really are.

29 May, 2010

 

Thanks Janey for letting us know.

29 May, 2010

 

Not seen any here....yet !!

29 May, 2010

 

wouldnt like to see one of these.....

29 May, 2010

 

That's a good idea Aster...it may have just been a single one up here...I hope so....I have a wasp catcher which worked last year....I put honey or jam in it San and water...so that the wasps drowned...:o(( I know thats not very nice but if it attracted these new beasties, it'll be helping our bees....:o) Strangely enough bees weren't interested in it..........

29 May, 2010

 

thanx janey will put jam and water in, baz said about that, would the bees go in and i said they probably wont as they go for pollen and wasps go for sweet things,

29 May, 2010

 

Not seen anything like that around here. As I have many flowers on my balcony & our granddaughter likes to go out there we will have to keep a look out - for myself as well - I'm the one that spends most time outdoors, especially with the allotment now!

29 May, 2010

 

That sounds like something out of a horror movie, hope we dont get many I scared of wasps as it is, will have to get prepared with some traps, thanks for the info!

29 May, 2010

 

You're right there San...I hadn't thought of that.
I should think they're only after Bees really Balcony, Hopefully it was a one off.
It was Carole, I'm not usually scared of wasps or bees.....but you really wouldn't want this thing at the table...:o(((

29 May, 2010

 

I hope that was the only one that came over, and I hope it dies before it can do any damage :o((

30 May, 2010

 

Yes me too Hywel....haven't seen it since....maybe it's having a holiday in Wales...Lol! (Sorry!)

30 May, 2010

 

I hope not LOL :o). Well if it does and I see it I shall kill it :o))
Don't be sorry - you made me laugh :D

30 May, 2010

 

Good...:o)!

31 May, 2010

 

haha it shud go holls to spain lol

3 Jun, 2010

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