I have a lot of flying insects around the front of my house, and the house of my neighbour, first noticed late yesterday afternoon. They are all more honeybee shaped more than anything, other than this horrific looking thing. The window they are flying around is my son's bedroom window. Should I be concerned? They are all locked fast.
Can anyone ID this godawful looking thing, tell me whether there is any danger and any action I should take please?
PS since being stung as a small child I have a hatred for all things fly-y and stingy. It may be irrational, but I even dislike the picture of the, admittedly quite cute, little bee at the top of this page. They make my flesh creep! Apologies for the poor picture, the size was a little bigger than a 50p coin.
Thanks in advance
That'll be a hornet.
Like wasps, they'll largely leave you alone if you don't aggravate them (though they'll come and check out food and interesting dark holes, which can be alarming if you're that way inclined).
Wasps largely leave you alone if you don't aggravate them?
They largely attack me at whim
If that's a hornet, I'm still at a loss as to what type of bees we also had. I was thinking this would be their leader. Is it more likely that it was checking out the bees as a snack? If it's 'just' a big hornet rather than a queen of some sort, does that reduce the risk of a nest of hornets?
The bees were shaped like honey bees rather than big old bumble bees, but were smaller (some of them tiny) and somewhat furrier. They didn't look to be entering my property anywhere that I could tell, but simply landing on it and shifting off again straight away. Perhaps this behavior was caused by the presence of the hornet.
Gilly, with a bit of luck you'll get an answer much more erudite and useful than mine.
I do feel for you. Though buzzy things don't worry me, I appreciate that for some folks they can be a nightmare.