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    Nesting in a hollow tree.. the nest had just been destroyed.

    1. afterforty‽ 41 months ago | reply

      ..... yes,.... that is an hornet:) Brilliant!

    2. tristanba 41 months ago | reply

      I've made the same mistake in the past, but this is actually a queen of the social wasp Dolichovespula media (Hornet would also be unusual in urban London)

    3. norwegica 41 months ago | reply

      Checkout the long antenna and abdomen - male Vespa crabro (hornet). The markings on these are often slightly darker, and the bright lighting probably makes it contrast even more.

    4. Vicky-uk 41 months ago | reply

      lovely capture

    5. Penny Metal 41 months ago | reply

      they were big - and a lot of them!

    6. tristanba 41 months ago | reply

      yes - I should stick to Hemiptera!

    7. chandrasekaran a 40 months ago | reply

      wonderful macro shot

    8. eucera 40 months ago | reply

      Certainly a male! What a handsome fellow!

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