Bald Faced Hornet

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Bald Faced Hornet
The Dolichovespula maculata is commonly known as the bald faced hornet and can be found in North America. The bald faced hornet belongs to the wasp family of yellow jackets but they are called bald faced hornets due to their lake of yellow colouring. It is called the bald faced hornet in the American sense of a wasp that builds a paper nest. In the British sense of a true hornet, it is not, un like the Asian giant hornet or the European hornet. he bald faced hornets are best known for their construction of large ball shaped paper nest that are constructed in spring for eggs to be laid in. The bald faced hornets nest can be as large as 1 meter tall with the bald faced hornets being very protective over it and being capable of stinging multiple times.

The life cycle of the bald faced hornet begins with a queen from the previous years colony having been fertilized and survived the winter. This queen bald faced hornet will find a suitable place and begin building her nest. Very small to begin with, she constructs a small nest with only a few cell in which she lays eggs. The queen bald faced hornet raises her first young, providing them with food until they mature into adult working bald faced hornets. The matured working bald faced hornets then take over the building of the nest and look after the new larvae leaving the queen to only lay eggs. The working wasps build the nest by harvesting wood fibres, chewing them up and mixing it with their saliva to create a paper like pulp that is used for building the nest. They also protect the nest along with gathering insects to feed to the larvae. This process continues till the fall when the queen begins to lay eggs that will produce new queens and drones. The queens will then search for mates to mate with and store the sperm for the following year. Once they have sperm, the hibernate over the winter to carry the process on the following year.

The bald faced hornet can be found in:

  • North America
  • Southern Canada
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Western coasts of the United states
  • Eastern US
  • South East parts of the United States

Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?

  • Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
  • Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
  • Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
  • Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
  • Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
  • Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
  • Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
  • Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
  • Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
  • Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
  • Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
  • Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.

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