Originally reported as Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia)
Submitter does not have a specimen
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The flying insects were much larger than a typical wasp or yellow jacket. Abdomen width was over 1/4" and probably closer to 3/8". Overall length was ~1.5". Abdomen was a yellow alternating with black stripes and appeared bright yellow in flight. Thorax was darker orange. Head was orange/black.
In my picture the head has been smashed off. I looked online and the closest resemblance was the Asian Giant Hornet.