In the past few days I've noticed these giant wasp like things hanging around outside the gites (it's not my hand btw - image from http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/meet-the-asian-giant-hornet.454256347/)!(upload://2gusfgDJ3dW5sdzBErpctMOk9yf.jpg)I decided to look them up and was horrified to see that they destroy honey bees. This website has lots of info on them
If you see the nest they should be reported to the pompiers to remove the nest. I'm keeping my eyes open as I also read in the paper that a 60 year old man was stung by 2 this Summer and died.Man killed after being stung by asian hornet
Do you have them near you?