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12/10/2011 at 17:25
Yet again Health and blasted Safety rears its ugly head. Everyone has got USA syndrome i,e, they are scared of being sued so action first, think later. I didn't realize hornets were peaceful and have been very wary of them. I think people get scared of them as they sound like low flying aeroplanes! In future I will respect them and leave them to it.
12/10/2011 at 18:10
Would they not all die about now (except the queen)anyway with winter approaching? This seems to have been a pointless slaughter.
12/10/2011 at 23:48
We had hornets nesting peacefully in various bird boxes in our suburban Essex garden for eight years before a horrified neighbour announced portentously that he thought one of our trees would have to be felled because he had seen a ... [dramatic pause] ... HORNET!! flying round it. He was most disappointed by my response of "Yes, I know - aren't they wonderful!" followed by my pointing out how long he'd been living alongside them without noticing - or even being attacked, stung, pursued or whatever it was he imagined the poor insects were likely to do to him! This year the bird box was occupied by Tree Bumblebees, but the hornets are still regular, welcome visitors to the garden.
13/10/2011 at 12:52
That is so typical of a ot of the human race. If you do not understand it,or know about it.Kill it!!!
13/10/2011 at 16:36
I live in germany and they are protected . loud and big just like bumble bees armful
13/10/2011 at 19:08
I live in the South of France and we get hundreds of them and apparently they can be deadly (two or three stings can kill a child) so I am intrigued to know if these are the same species or if the French are exaggerating. Thanks Currently they are making the most of the remaining grapes and figs on the trees and enjoying the October sunshine.
14/10/2011 at 07:08
Reply to Helen There is no doubt that hornet stings, like wasp stings, are very painful. But ordinarily they are not dangerous. The sting is an injection of venom, so the danger is proportional to the amount of toxin injected. Small children, old people, sick people or those with compromised immune systems are more at risk. A very few over-sensitive people may be unfortunate enough to suffer an extreme bodily reaction to the venom and go into life-threatening anaphylactic shock. All this is true, but it is also true of bumblebee stings and honeybee stings. Yet the general public's reaction to these other insects (usually regarded as 'friendly') is completely different to their panicked response to hornets. Hornets really are very secretive and docile. Ironically, honeybees are probably the most aggressive of the lot. We need to get these things into proportion.
14/10/2011 at 07:12
Reply to Happymarion If you follow the link to Penny's Flickr photostream, you will see there were still grubs in the nest. The two photos here are both of males, which indicate that the nest had got to the point where the new sexual generation had emerged. Hopefully a few queens got away. We'll know next year.
14/10/2011 at 08:45
I have the same problem here in Berkshire. The councils mismanagement of a supposed wildflower meadow behind my house constantly destroys the butterfly habitat by being cut down mid season and leaves nettles damaging my fence as well as weeds comming through my patio and flower bed. I am in discussion following a formal complaint
14/10/2011 at 09:31
I, too, didn't know hornets are docile and less likely to attack than honey bees. All my life I've been told they are vicious and extremely dangerous, and I've been terrified of them! I've never 'needed' to destroy a nest, but I'll certainly care for them in future and spread the word. I live in the country, and it saddens me that so often country folk spread harmful confusion about wildlife instead of finding out the truth about the beautiful creatures around them - we've been told in all innocence that magpies, rooks and moorhens should be killed because they destroy other wildlife; the same goes for foxes and eagles who, it's sometimes claimed, destroy a farmers livelihood. I'm ashamed that I hadn't made an effort to check the truth about hornets, and am glad you've highlighted the real problem. But it's true that people with compromised immune systems can react very badly - I have a friend with just that problem. She was seriously ill after she was stung by a wasp the other day, and she has hornets in and around her house. What can she do to protect herself?
14/10/2011 at 10:38
i live in italy most of the year and we see plenty of hornets and like bumble bees and honey bees we find them gentle we are just aware of them and and keep our distance. We used to live in cambridge and had a big eucolpytus tree in our garden we took a big branch off and for days hornets came and drank from the wound i had never seen a hornet before and at first i was quite frightend but i started to watch them and found they were quite gentle creatures i happened to mentioned them to one of my neighbours and he said he had a hornets nest in one of his trees in his front garden and there seemed to be no problem
14/10/2011 at 18:28
Hi, I live in West Wales and have a fairly large garden with a bramble apple tree and a grapevine growing through it. Just a few weeks ago I was picking up some windfall apples and a bee (I don't know which variety of bee) came at me and stung me on my face. I was really puzzled because I know they are nesting under a conifer in our garden but I was not threatening them in any way. Then about 2 weeks later one of the bees had come inside our conservatory where it seems they love to buzz around our sterelitza plants, this bee also came straight at me and this time stung me on the chest. I find it odd that I have been stung twice this year and have not been stung for years previously. Are these little creatures more aggressive this year? there certainly seems to be more of them about.
16/10/2011 at 19:45
Update. Released a hornet from the cafe in Peckham Rye Park today. Luckily I got to it before many people had noticed and scooped it up into my glasses case. The pigeon flapping about in there a few minutes before caused more uproar.
17/10/2011 at 14:51
I am rather cross that the email I sent to the Council enquiring about the destruction of this nest remains unanswered....
18/10/2011 at 16:54
I hate they had to destroy the wasp, but after being stung by hornets when I was younger. I still do not like them!
18/10/2011 at 21:59
We have hornets visiting our many compost bins. No doubly catching insects but on one occasion I saw a foolish wasp who should have left when the hornet approached and the hornet dropped onto the wasp and whisked her away.
16/11/2011 at 10:57
Many more beautiful hornets this year in north Oxfordshire and 2 nests found in our village. A small boy came to my door recently with a very large and alive Hornet in a jar which he'd caught, it having munched a 2cm hole in his dad's pullover whilst hanging out to dry. Has anyone come across such behaviour before?
28/11/2011 at 18:44
bloody ridiculous - I am regularly in Dulwich park and it was a joy to see the hornets about - I was very angry when I heard of this moronic knee jerk slaughter.....
10/11/2012 at 08:46

I live in France where the asiatic hornets (frelons asiatique) have continued their march northwards after their arrival in Bordeaux from China a few years ago Let's hope they don't reach the UK. They devastate the bee population.

http://www.planetepassion.eu/wildlife-in-france/asian-hornet_vespa-velutina-nigrithorax_frelon%20asiatique_france.html 

there is a video here so that you can see them at work

http://www.gurumed.org/2012/01/11/la-vido-du-jour-30-frelons-asiatiques-gants-dvastent-une-ruche-dabeilles-europennes/ (only the version with sound is available now)

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