Hornets belong to the order of the hymenoptera, which also includes ants and bees. The family of Vespidae comprises about 100 species in Europe, including the true wasps and “field vesicles!!!”
Hornets are the largest representatives of the subfamily of the true wasps (Vespinae), there are more than 20 species worldwide, their main distribution area is Southeast Asia.
Hornets feed on other insects that they capture in hunting and from sweet vegetable juices.
The following three species are presented at www.alien-hornet.org as they are relevant for Europe: