European hornet, (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

7126.    This was on our porch. We live south of Ottawa. I have never seen a wasp or hornet this big. It got very agitated when I brought my finger close so I put it behind it. Poor perspective I know. What type of hornet is this. My next door neighbour had a huge problem with hornets behind his siding. This one was way larger than the rest. Lombardy, Ontario. Canada

Number 7126. This is a European hornet, Vespa crabro (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), an introduced species that is the only true hornet in North America. Found them to be quite tolerant of human presence, and less irritable than their cousin, yellow jackets.  Click here for more detailed information.