The Asian Hornet
A single hornet can sting multiple times and although the sting may be painful, for those who are not allergic to bee and wasp venom, their sting is not more dangerous than that of the honey bee. Up to 50 or 60 years ago hornets were relatively common in Malta and Gozo. They then started to decrease, probably because of a number of factors, mainly human persecution.
Country people used to destroy nests whenever they met them.