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Bald-faced Hornet (queen)

Dolichovespula maculata

Description:

Despite the name, this wasp is not a true "hornet." It is a large, black-and-white yellowjacket that nests above ground.

Habitat:

Found inside a small nest attached to an outbuilding in a dry forest of mixed conifers and deciduous trees (mostly pine and Gambel's Oak).

Notes:

Bald-faced Hornets kill flies to feed to the larvae in the nest. They never harass people at picnics and barbecues. Unless a nest is violently disturbed, the wasps are peaceful.

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1 Comment

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Please consider adding this spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8082...

BugEric
Spotted by
BugEric

Colorado, USA

Spotted on May 17, 2012
Submitted on Jan 4, 2013

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