Hornets (actual wasps)

Hornet, German wasp

Fig. 48. The German Wasp, Paravespula germanica. (Leclerq & Lecomte)

Hornet, wasp

Hornet, wasp

In Denmark, there are seven species of social hornets. 6 of them are very similar to each other. They belong to the genera Paravespula and Dolichovespula while the species known as the European Hornet, Vespa crabo is more of a reddish yellow and twice the size of the others.

Colloquially, they are often called wasps, however, this can create misunderstandings, as there are many kinds of wasps: ichneumon flies, digger wasps and saw flies, etc.