We cover the current administrative County of Somerset, which doesn’t include the unitary authorities of North Somerset or Bath and North East Somerset.
What to look for this month
Emerging in April, the queen European hornets are now starting to make nests in hollow trees. Around 3cm in length with a brown thorax and yellowish orange and brown-red stripes along the abdomen this is one of our largest species of social wasps.
It is docile unless nest sites are threatened.