I was doing some hobby carpentry work outside today when an absolutely huge bald faced hornet landed on one of my red wood clamps. It had to be the queen because I've never seen a hornet of this type that large! I was stunned for a second but she also only stayed a second and flew on. I'm guessing that she might have thought the red clamp was a flower, not sure. My question here is why is she out of her nest flying around, or is this the time of year for that sort of thing? I live in the Northeast US and Fall temperatures are quickly approaching. Unfortunately, I don't know much about hornets.
Thanks. I also read about that yesterday after I posted. It's definitely not a sandhill or Euro hornet (I have plenty of the latter in my collection.. they love my lep traps!). In fact, I believe I found her this morning and have her in storage. Could be a different hornet, and not as large as I thought, but still larger than most other hornets. Was hanging around some of the unused lumber from my carpentry work yesterday.