Hello everyone, I need your help/advice please.

We're seeing quite a few Hornets the last few days.

I'm seeing conflicting information.

1) Do they sting

2) Are they aggressive?

3) Do they nest on/under the ground or just above ground in eaves etc.

I'm talking about these beasties:


 That isn't my hand!

Thank you in advance.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,088

    Yes they sting

    Generally said to be less aggressive than wasps.

    ours nested in a tree stump

    This may not apply to the latest scare, Giant Deadly Asian Hornets. No experience of those

  • Thank you Nutcutlet.

    Even though it seems they're not so aggressive I'm not comfortable with them at all. I'll have to have another look round and see if I can see anything. Of course we may not have a nest, they may just like my garden, I'm in the middle of woodland (sort of) so there could just be a lot in the general area.

  • Jo47. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,565

    Yes, they will sting if really provoked, but they are reluctant to engage with humans - they like to keep themselves to themselves.  However, if you attacked their nest they would be aggressive.

    They usually nest in hollow tree trunks or old buildings - we had a nest in the chimney of the farmhouse where we lived when I was a child.  Pa lit a fire and kept it going for several days and they moved on.

    One thing worth noting is that like moths, they are drawn to light, and at night they have been known to fly into windows if the light is on and the curtains not closed. 

    In fact at night they are so drawn to bright light that I've seen one after another fly into burning garden flares at an evening BBQ and immolate themselves.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,565

    We live near some old oak woodland and we usually get a few hornets visit the garden each summer.  They frequently spend time on the fennel flowers outside my kitchen window and cause absolutely no trouble at all - I'm another who thinks they're beautiful image

    Oh, and they eat wasps image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,205

    One of the few insects I've found that will watch you as you move about. A praying mantis once did the same thing to me. It's eyes followed me all around the room......image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Thanks everyone, I'm really pleased they eat wasps, not a fan of those either. But I need to watch out for the nighttime visits, o/h is manic for having the windows open when it's dark and letting in all manner of bug!

  • Snow MaidenSnow Maiden South Coast UKPosts: 862

    We had a nest in our garage a couple of years ago, we just let them be as they didn't really bother us much.The only thing we found was that they were attracted to lights and so had to shut windows ( if lights were required) and keep the garden lights off at dusk ( if sitting outside), no problem.

  • Jo47. I'm not the best with bugs. At all. Shameful. I am very ashamed lol

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,230

    I remember years ago seeing a nature programme with Simon King. He said hornets gave plenty of warning if you approached their nest. They would buzz around you first and if you didn't take heed would bounce off you. Then if you STILL didn't listen, they would sting. I'm not sure if that was his personal experience image I do believe that's an Asian Hornet in your pic Heather, another story in itself...

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