Ground Hornets are among the largest of all wasps and can
grow to as large as 50 millimetres with a ground hornet
occasionally reaching 100 millimetres. Ground hornets are black
or a rust colour with yellow markings much like a yellow jacket
wasp but much larger. Around the world, there are as many as 22
species of Hornets. A female ground hornet will create a burrow
that can reach up to 130cm deep with branches and many more
cells coming of it when she is ready to lay eggs. She will then
lay a fertilised egg into each cell she has created. Ground
hornets prefer to burrow in sandy, dry soil and will avoid
burrowing into a thick lawn. A burrow is recognised by a mound
of dirt that has been excavated to create the burrow along with
ground hornets being present. Ground hornets are solitary wasps
that pose a very small threat as they don't have a nest full of
friends who can help defend their nest. Male ground hornets do
not have a stinger but can be very aggressive if a person seems
Female ground hornets are less aggressive towards animals than
they are to male ground hornets and can give a very painful
sting. The female ground hornet would much rather use her sting
for her prey and will leave people alone as long as they do not
pose a threat. The female ground hornet will search for a cicada
wasp to attack, once found, the hornet will sting the wasp
paralyzing it. The hornet will then roll the wasp onto its back
and carry it back to her burrow as food for her young. Each cell
of her burrow will contain an egg that she will also place up to
4 cicada wasps in as food. Each cell is then sealed of to
prevent predators getting to her egg and its food.
The ground hornets eggs hatch after a couple of days and the
larvae begin eating the food provided. Once all the food has
been eaten, the larvae spins a silk case and will pupate through
the winter and spring. Only in the summer will a new ground
hornet emerge to start the hole process again.
Ground hornets would prefer not to sting people making them a
low threat to people. However, if their burrows are close to
were people live and walk, they may become a problem and need
getting rid of. Their are many products and ways in order to get
rid of them. Many people believe in pouring a fuel over the
ground and the nest and setting fire to it. This can work but
can also be dangerous and unsuitable for certain places.
Products are available for taking care of the problem and are
Different Types of Wasps - Hornets
There are many different types of wasps - hornets which can be
found in every region of the world. The following articles
details facts and information about many different types of
wasps - hornets. There are also facts and information about the
size of the different types of wasps - hornets, the habitat in
which they live and an indication of how long they live.
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