JeremyáChengsaid: Had to kill a hornet by grabbing it with an empty shopping bag. I really hate touching insects, makes me feel uncomfortable, even through the plastic. At least with spiders they can't fly around. What a very brave thing to do. We don't have hornets in my country, they sound unpleasant.
I used to have one that looked like that in a place I lived, it was called "Masquerade". I don't think it's available any more, got bred out by a new variety with better disease resistance. Probably looks much the same though.