I went out to water my poor wilted strawberry and melon patch when I got back fro the Drs office, and soon after that I spotted what appeared to be a giant economy-sized hornet that had come in to get a drink. The thing was as big around as, and more than half the length of, my index finger. It appeared to be mostly black, with a yellow-orange stripe. I've never seen one on the property before. Can anyone tell me what it is? What sort of a nest does it have, and what do I need to watch out for?
It did not look terribly friendly and I'd rather not think about what its sting could do.