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Asian Predatory Hornet

Vespa velutina sp.


A large wasp, approaching an inch in length. Distinctive coloration, red patches on top of thorax and yellow markings towards tip of abdomen. A thin yellow line at end of first abdomen segment, which defines the species.

I strongly suspect this is a local subspecies.


Adjacent to a small stream. Altitude 1000m.


Wasps have such good vision, making them extremely difficult to approach. I managed to get close to this one by using a bush for cover.

Thanks to Jason Alexander for identifying this hornet:

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Cimahi, Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Spotted on Jul 16, 2013
Submitted on Jul 19, 2013


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