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Bald-Faced Hornet

Dolichovespula maculata

Description:

The baldfaced hornet gets its name from the ivory-white markings on the face. The thorax, legs and abdomen also have white markings. The queen and her offspring range in size from 13 mm to 20 mm – the queen is usually the largest hornet in the colony.

Habitat:

The baldfaced hornet is found in most of the 48 contiguous states, and throughout Canada and in is even seen in Alaska.

Notes:

These shots were made at less then 5 feet (150 centimeters) This is NOT RECOMMENDED, THIS IS HIGHLY DANGEROUS AS THESE HORNETS ARE HIGHLY AGGRESSIVE AND WILL PROTECT THEIR NEST. I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU DO NOT APPROACH A NEST. PLEASE NOTE THE ONE WASP WITH ITS FRONT LEGS EXTENDED, THIS WASP WAS LOOKING FOR AN EXCUSE TO ATTACK. ( PHOTO #1 ) Please be careful when viewing a nest and do so from a distance. Photographed for education information. Please view all 5 photos and leave a wasps nest alone.

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17 Comments

SaswatMishra
SaswatMishra 5 years ago

WOW.....!

ElaineWebb
ElaineWebb 9 years ago

WOW! Looking into the face of a hornet! lncredible!

DougFrench
DougFrench 9 years ago

Great photos, but having just been attacked by a nest of bald-faced hornet while trimming hedges, I have to say that I think these are European Wasps, not bald-faced hornets. BFH's are black and white and plumper than your guys above. thanks for the great captures!

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks Jeannette

Jeannette
Jeannette 9 years ago

Wonderful series :)

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

I would say you were blessed to not be bitten Karen, 6 months is a long time to remember and be bothered by a bug bite. Thanks Luis, and Dixie.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 9 years ago

Good to know Karen L, about the wheel bugs, and thanks for the warning of the hornets williefromwi.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Great shots Bill! I do get in close with the solitary wasps but tend to leave the social ones be. I did have a lucky escape last year when I found my first wheel bug though - I was so excited to find it I picked it up & had it on my left hand (& walking up & down my arm) for a good 10 minutes while I took photos. It was only when I checked out wikipedia for species info that I found they have an extremely painful bite that can take 6 months to heal!

AdamBrown
AdamBrown 9 years ago

Incredible photos! You don't have to tell me twice to stay away:)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Great macro!!

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Asergio, several years ago while camping, I came very close to an underground nest of hornets (wasps). I had no idea the nest was even there, there was so little evidence. To make a long story short, I got attacked and stung a total of 7 times, 4 on my wrist, one on my neck, and two on my side. I was very miserable. The warnings I placed in my notes come from experience. This series of shots was taken several feet from my home, I had an escape plan, back into my house should they get angry at me.

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you Copterdan, LuisStevens, asergio, Ava T-B, and KuheliBD for your comments.

KuheliBD
KuheliBD 9 years ago

Excellent shots..

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Whoa! That's too brave williefromwi! Beautiful spotting.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Last year I was cutting bamboo for to make a raft, and I disturbed a nest of very similar wasps. The result: three very, very painful stings. And no bamboo...

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 9 years ago

Thanks for the warning

Copterdan
Copterdan 9 years ago

Great Closeups!

williefromwi
Spotted by
williefromwi

Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Jun 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 2, 2012

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