Giant Hornet (Vespa crabro germana)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Vespidae (VES-pid-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vespa
Species: crabro germana


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Lula, Georgia
Halifax, Massachusetts
Mooresville, North Carolina
Middleburg, Pennsylvania
Crossville, Tennessee
Gloucester, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Aug 14, 2009, Smiling_Carcass from Tamworth,
United Kingdom wrote:

I posted these pics just for information. I had a nest of them in my roof. They were pretty worrying, but didn’t bother us and as I live in the UK I knew the winter weather would kill off the colony and any queen that survived wouldn’t re-use the nest.

I imagine in the warmer parts of the US they are a year round problem so I can see why the comments weren’t endearing!


On Nov 17, 2008, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Native to Europe, nest in standing dead trees and attics and rafters of buildings. Attracted to porch lights, they rarely sting except to defend their large nests.


On Aug 18, 2008, cedar18 from Lula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I just saw this hornet catch and eat a bee - as shown in the photos from TN. This was after he attacked a tiger swallowtail butterfly on Joe-Pye weed -- they tumbled out of the flower and the BF got away. Amazing. Now I know what the devilish critter is that challenges us like he's an attack jet.


On Aug 10, 2008, crimsontsavo from Crossville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I HATE these bugs. They are probably some of the most aggressive monsters I've ever encountered.
I'd rather have a yard full of Kudzu than a handful of these guys.
They swarm our land after our fallen fruit and I've caught them eating my bees. The photo I posted is of this monster eating one of my bees.
They will make a bee-line for you from 30 or more yards away and chase you for at least 6 acres (they do it to me all the time).
They swarm our porch lights at night and are constantly coming in the house.
I'm sure they have their place in nature...somewhere... but for my place it's a foot planted squarely on their heads. :-)
If you can manage it ... read more


On Dec 1, 2007, maccionoadha from Halifax, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This species of hornet tends to strip the bark off Lilacs and Maples. It girdled 3 of my Lilac bushes.