Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Huge bee!

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Mystery bee
Mystery bee  
My dad was walking around the garage when he saw a very large bee. He waited until it landed before killing it. We are curious what species of bee this is because there is most likely a nest nearby. It is the largest bee I have ever seen here in Upstate New York. It's wings are each an inch long and the body itself is an inch long when extended. It has a red on it's head and it's back. It's legs are also red and it has fur on it's back. Any identification would be greatly appreciated!

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Jared,

This is probably the European hornet (Vespa crabro), not a bee. See http://bugguide.net/node/view/340408/bgpage for a picture. These hornets can sting but they are not as aggressive as our native yellowjacket wasps. Here's a bulletin from Penn State about these hornets http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/european-hornet.

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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