• Question: The Asian hornets scientific name is Vespa velutina which translated to English from Latin means wasp velvety. So is this wasp actually "velvety"?

    Asked by fireinthebooth to Asian Hornet on 21 Nov 2017.
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      Asian Hornet answered on 21 Nov 2017:

      Interesting question! It is no more velvety than other hornet. It has a very fine layer of downy hairs which may appear velvety.