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  • In Greece we had rather large red hornets (called Babura I think- spelling bound to be wrong), they had such a fearsome rep that people tended to leave them to it.

    Babura would be a correct pronunciation, it's actually spelt mpampoura or μπάμπουρα. That however, would be a bumblebee.

    The hornets you are referring to are indeed the ones Oliver mentioned:

    Could be the Oriental Hornet?­rnet

    We call them σφήκα or sfika (which is the same word for your common wasp).