Hi all bug lovers! Just spotted this lovely (?) specimen of Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) in my garden this morning. Actually there were 3 individuals altogether, sitting either on a chrysanthemum plant or on the foliage of my choisya. On the choisya they were licking the honeydew on the leaves.
There are less and less interesting insects about, so it’s kind of re-assuring to spot them in the garden. They are not all as nice-looking or friendly to the plants, but here there are… Click on the thumbnails to view the larger images.