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hornet

(hôr′nĭt)
n.
Any of various large stinging wasps of the family Vespidae, chiefly of the genera Vespa and Vespula, that characteristically build large papery nests.

hornet

members of the genus Vespula of wasps in the order Hymenoptera. Hornet venom contains histamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, hyaluronidase and phospholipase.
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The hornets were first discovered in the Woolacombe area in September, but the National Bee Unit moved swiftly to find the nest and remove it.
Asian hornets are thought to have been inadvertently imported to France in 2004 in a shipment of pottery from China.
Under SLM, the Super Hornet will receive capability upgrades meant to counter future threats that they may not have gotten in a SLEP, along with life-extending modification "kits.
We were very close to the F-35 program and so we had great relationships and understanding with the US Air Force in that environment, and of course with the US Navy through the Classic Hornet ownership experience.
Nicola Spence, from Defra, said: "I am pleased our well-established protocol to eradicate Asian hornets has worked so effectively.
A Liverpool insect expert warned the hornets could colonise Britain if we have a mild winter this year.
Hosting a wasp or hornet colony is really simple; all they need is some shelter, water and building material.
In my experience, this year has been exceptional for hornet and wasp activity so it doesn't surprise me that more people are noticing them.
Measuring in at slightly smaller than the European hornets, which have various yellow bands, Asian hornet queens are about 3cm long, and the workers are slightly smaller.
1 Adult queen hornets range in size between 2 and 3.
The invading insect - thought to be an Asian giant hornet - began dive bombing 74-year-old Peter Wilkinson while he was repairing the roof of his shed.