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The Hornet is common all over Thailand and can be extremely aggressive, the grubs/larvae of the hornet are eaten in Thailand and other Asian countries, in Japan the wasps themselves are eaten either deep fried or sashimi-style.

So what's it like to be stung by a hornet? Read on, Masato Ono, an entomologist at Tamagawa University near Tokyo, described the sensation as feeling "like a hot nail being driven into his leg." Doesn't sound like much fun, and of course if you have an allergic reaction to this sort of thing, knowing that about 40 people die per year from hornet stings isn't going to be much of a consolation to you, of course if that is not enough even if you aren't allergic to wasp and bee venom then you will be less than pleased to know the venom contains a neurotoxin called mandaratoxin which can be lethal even to people who are not allergic if you get stung enough.

Something to consider before you swat that hornet that is buzzing round you, when under attack or when hornets see food they can eat, ie bees, they can release a pheromone, this warns the rest of the nest either about an attack or availablity of food, so if you are swatting at that hornet and you are close to his nest you could be attacked by the whole swarm, sometimes it's best to leave the little critters alone.

Hornets eat insects, being the aggressive insects that they are they can attack a bees nest and kill all the occupants in a matter of hours, the hornets use their mandibles to rip apart the bees and can kill up to 40 bees per minute each.

Hornet attacks and kills tarantula on Thai beach
Hornet attacks butterflies and fails