European hornet, Vespa crabro

European hornet, Vespa crabro

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Caption: Head of a European Hornet, Vespa crabro. To either sdie of the head are the large compound eyes consisting of thousands of individual units called ommatidia that produce a mosaic-like image.The European hornet is widespread throughout Europe, and is also now present in North America. Females are capable of delivering a painful sting, but in general hornets are not aggressive unless provoked. Like other Vespidae, they make a nest from chewed twigs and wood. Their diet consists of other large insects, including wasps, moths and bees; in late summer they are often to be found hunting near nectar sources such as flowering ivy (Hedera helix).

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Keywords: compound eye, europe, european hornet, garden wildlife, hornet, ommatidia, stinging insect, vespa crabro, vespidae

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