I thought I was safe here in South Wales. A temperate (sometimes a bit too cold) and gentle climate. Just see what showed up this afternoon in my conservatory. I have no photos of this insect alive as I was too busy looking for the fly spray.
The wingspan was 2 inches.
I'm afraid I had to kill it and once sprayed it took over 10 minutes to finally die. I was concerned that it may be the Asian hornet but it would appear to be a European hornet. The Asian sort has yellow tipped legs. The photos do not do it justice as the hornet curled slightly once it expired.
This is so totally off topic for my blog but it provided a bit of excitement.
My table runner is now sandwiched and ready for machine quilting tomorrow.
Lets hope tomorrow holds no surprises.