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May 17, 2014 7:13 PM

Any idea about this monster..

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This little devil was wandering round a forest floor near Northampton. I reckon it was about 4 or 5 cm in length

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    May 17, 2014 10:06 PM (in response to Hippychris)
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    Hi

     

    Its a Hornet Vespa crabo

     

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    Steve

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        May 19, 2014 12:48 PM (in response to Hippychris)
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        Hi,

         

        Our species of the day factsheet indicates that it's a species found mainly in the south of the UK, but has been spreading further north. Also see the NBN Gateway distribution map (interactive version here), which shows it has been sighted around Northampton and as far north as Lancaster.

         

        You may also find our recent news piece on the Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, interesting.

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        May 19, 2014 9:04 PM (in response to Hippychris)
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        Hi Chris

         

        I understand they are not to common in the UK. but do not be worried about these great creatures. I live elsewhere and have had nests in my home, and see them on a daily basis they are not aggressive and keep garden pests under control

         

        I have just read the info sheet it did not comment but the picture shows the Hornets "other " three eyes these are simple one lens  like our own as opposed to the large compound eyes The simple eyes are used to navigate in flight What I have found fascinating is they can grab prey, top and tail it and then fly back to the nest to feed their larvae the adults can only eat the youngsters sugary excreations without young they starve. Late in the year with out larvae they have to eat rotten fruit to obtain sugar the result is drunk hornets    A great 5 eyed monster

         

        Steve 

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