I have honey bees is this something I should be worried about? What are they?

Asked September 23, 2019, 1:15 PM EDT

Can you please tell me what these are? And if they are a threat to honey bees.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

This is an European hornet. It is not native, and can be a pest, but usually it just goes about its business of being a predator of insects. However, it has been known to raid honey bee hives--this is rare.

Because all except the queen die over the winter--and the queen moves--and also because it is usually very hard to even find the hive, they isn't a lot to do about them now.
Here's more: https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef600

The Maryland Honeybee Association may have some advice or insights if they do become a problem.