So it happens that a hornet (vespa crabro) flew inside my house today and now is being held in a plastic container (I made some holes to let it breathe). But it also happens not just this once, but twice and I guess it's not over (we live by a small forest, probably it builds its own nest there). I wonder if hornets may have some memory - can it remember and later recognize a human?
And if I take it to another place of the town I live in and let it go there will 'he' come back, 'cause it will remember where 'he' lived before?

Thanks for any advice, I just don't want to simply kill it... 'him'.


Most studies show that a hornet will give off a hormone that tells others in its hive that you or someone else is target and threat to the colony as a whole. They also are able to remember their surroundings near the hive or nest fairly well.

  • 3
    $\begingroup$ The aforementioned studies should be linked in the answer. $\endgroup$ – AScientist May 10 '18 at 1:25
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @G.Shepherd, do you have articles on this? I tried to google it but without success :( $\endgroup$ – Lili May 10 '18 at 7:07

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.