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DH and I have never seen these before this year. Saw the first one about a month ago and now we're seeing them all over the yard.
They fly somewhat slowly and usually close to the ground. I have watched them buzzing around the house at about waist high. I've not seen one land even after watching for quite some time.
They're about half the size of the European (locally called Japanese) hornet. They have an orange abdomen, an orangey yellow middle, and a distinctly patterned yellow and black head.
Would be great to know if they have any good purpose or are just a pest.