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Bald-Faced Hornet

Dolichovespula maculata

Description:

Black and yellow hornet, 1 in. long, with distinctive patterns on head, thorax, and abdomen.

Notes:

Also called Blackjacket and several other names. These American and Canadian hornets have an interesting competitive social hierarchy made up of sterile males, worker females, and a queen. They're omnivorous, and they can squirt venom into the eyes of attackers. Luckily this one was docile and didn't squirt me!


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Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Lat: 38.05, Long: -84.50

Spotted on Oct 8, 2016
Submitted on Oct 23, 2016

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