We had the biggest hornet i have ever seen come into the front room the other week... infact it was so big i had to go onto a wildlife forum to ask if it was something else.
The other half heard it first, a VERY low resonance humming sound, unlike most hornets/wasps you hear.
I looked at it and my mouth opened, with swear words in the like of "what the hell is that!"
To give you an idea on how large it was.... i had a bit of 4inx2in baton of which i used to get it out of the room.... i put the baton up to it, as it was buzzing around the chandoleer (sp)... it landed on it and it was longer than the 2in side of the baton. (Its body was draped over both sides of the 2in side...) so it was longer than 2in long.
Most hornets ive seen have been a dull orangy/reddish colour and black....or yellowish and black, this was dull yellow and black and i was told by a bee keeper that by its size it was almost definately a Queen Hornet.... and with the way it was going around the room it was looking for a place to tent... so no doubt if i had not seen it by morning we might have had a room full of Hornets as this beast came down the chimney.
As for Wasps, i think we have or did have a nest in the top of the roof space... blocked off to the rooms. As everytime i unscrew my light bulbs in the plasterboard i see dead wasps which have been frazzled....
Not having much luck lately.... first we have a giant hornet, and if it had stung my 2yr old daughter...well.... then whilst in Hayle last week we found a female Adder in the chalet... right where my 2yr daughter was playing, if she had tried to pick it up!!!