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Ran into this nest nest the other day; they were quite busy.

Dolichovespula maculata is a insect commonly called the bald-faced hornet (or white-faced hornet or white-tailed hornet). Its well-known features include its hanging paper nests and the females’ habit of defending them with repeated stings. It belongs to a genus of wasps called yellow jackets in North America, but is not called that because it lacks yellow coloring. Instead, it is called a hornet in the American sense of a wasp that builds paper nests. These nests can sometimes reach 3 feet in height. Bald-faced hornets are protective of their nests and will sting repeatedly if the nest is physically disturbed. They are more aggressive than both the wasps normally called yellowjackets and members of the Vespa genus, and it is not considered safe to approach the nest for observation purposes. The bald-faced hornet will aggressively attack with little provocation. I got very close without them being bothered and used a long lens.

paper nest

I took a few pictures of them coming and leaving the large paper hornet’s nest:

bald faced hornets


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