Bald Faced Hornet

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An examination of a bald faced hornet nest and some of its occupants.


  • 1. Bald Faced Hornet Nest DissectionThis dissection was performed AFTER the wasps had died off from repeated frosts in mid-November, 2006. Do not approach a wasp nest until the wasps die off, because they are extremely aggressive. Sometimes, the killing of one wasp can set off apheromone trail telling the hive to swarm.That would end up being a very painful experience for everyone involved.

2. This nest was hanging from a limb in our back yard. Even though they are called hornets, they are in the vespid wasp family and were so aggressive that we had to avoid a portion of the backyard until the inhabitants died off from repeated frosts in November.