We had a visit from a hornet today. Until about five years ago, I had never seen a hornet and I have lived in this area for more than 20 years. However, in the last few years they have become very common. When I first saw one, I was shocked about how big it is.
They also get a very bad press. They are not as aggressive as some may think. Yes, they will sting if provoked and the sting is apparently a nasty one. However, they do not usually sting without reason.