These huge hornets are seen in abundance here during the spring and summer. This fella was sitting on the side of the gravel path to my house yesterday, it seemed to be soaking up the last rays of the sun and was relatively quiet. I managed to persuade it onto a stick (carefully!), hoping it wouldn't take off before I managed to get a few shots. Fortunately it let me snap away for a few minutes before it realised what I was doing and took off with a loud buzz!