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.
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
Thanks Steve and Jonathan.
Interesting reading... Jonathan.. Thank you.
Steve. much as I actually looked at the Hornet and thought it was stunning to look at, its sheer size truly made me nervous.. and I used to regularly dive with sharks. I was going to try and get some macro shots of it and got on my hands and knees to get closer.. at which point it started to wander towards me. Bravely shreaking like a small child I ran off. Gutted now that I am aware that they are none aggressive as I am sure I could have got some great pictures.. but will probably never see one again as in all my 50 years I have never seen one before