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Hornets are insects, and the largest eusocial wasps. Some species can reach up to {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} in length. The true hornets make up the genus Vespa and are distinguished from other vespines by the width of the vertex (part of the head behind the eyes), which is proportionally larger in Vespa and by the anteriorly rounded gasters (the section of the abdomen behind the wasp waist). The best known species is the European hornet (Vespa crabro), about 2–3.5 cm in length, widely distributed throughout Europe, Russia, North America and Northeast Asia. Most species make exposed nests in trees and shrubs, but some (like Vespa orientalis) build their nests underground or in other cavities.

Hornet sections
Intro  Life cycle  Distribution  Stings  Attack pheromone  Diet and feeding  Hornets and other Vespidae  Species  See also  Notes  External links  

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