There were European Hornets (Vespa crabro) hunting in the Lone Oak in October. They are still quite rare in this country, but changing temperatures have extended their range as far north as Nottingham.
They are carnivores and prey upon other flying insects; some species of midge hatch in late autumn in oak trees and perhaps that is what drew the hornets to The Lone Oak. There was at least a hundred of them hawking around the tree’s upper branches. Those that left the hunting party, flew off towards Sleeper Field so there could be a nest somewhere in the woods.
They are mild mannered and, unlike the vicious Asian Hornet, will only sting if squashed or attacked. They do hunt honey bees but not with the same dedication as the Asian species.
Please, keep a look out for their nest.
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