Asian giant hornet vs European wasp?

Asked September 27, 2017, 2:46 PM EDT

I was outside at approx 9pm last week when something started flying at me on my deck. I managed to get inside and this insect began slamming itself into the door, flying very aggressively at the door and to where I was sitting. I did see It eat a couple of small bugs. There was a cicada on the deck but the wasp/hornet did not seem interested in it. I didn't have a ruler for scale, but it was nearly the size of my thumb, I would guess around 2". I have not seen it since. I've read about confusion between the Asian Giant Hornet and the European Hornet- the dark bands on my insect seem wider than the pictures I have found of the European Hornet. Either way, this thing makes me very nervous! The first photo is of its underside, the second is of its back. I would love to have an expert's opinion.

Wicomico County Maryland insect or spider id

1 Response

These are European hornets. The following page on our website has information about them and what you can do. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/european-hornets The following publication also has information about how to manage social wasps like European hornets.
https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_...

The Maryland Department of Agriculture and USDA have traps out to monitor for Asian hornets and they have not been detected here.

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