European Hornet Worker

European Hornet

European Hornets are found in the U.S. in 31 states, from the eastern seaboard to the eastern Dakotas and south through Iowa and Illinois to New Orleans.

  • Common Name: European Hornet
  • Scentific Name: Vespa crabro Linnaeus
  • Class/Order/Family: Insecta/Hymenoptera/Vespidae
  • Metamorphosis: Complete
  • Size


    Adults large, about 3/4-1 3/8"

  • Color


    Brown with yellow abdominal stripes and pale face.

  • Biology


    Social insects which live in colonies or paper carton nests.

  • Habit


    Typically nest in hollow trees, barns, out buildings, hollow walls of houses, attics and abandoned bee hives.

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