Hornets can often be found feeding on the sap of oak trees, rotting sweet fruits, honey and any foods containing sugar. They prefer hot, dry weather conditions. Overwintering queen hornets are the only members of the colony that survive winter. They also aggressively guard their nesting sites when threatened. Hornet stings are more painful to humans than typical wasp stings because of the neurotransmitter chemical in their venom .

Close up view of giant hornet