Bald Faced Hornet

  • Color: Black abdomen, with white markings at the posterior; large white patches on face.
  • Size: Up to 1 inch.
  • Feed on: Flower nectar, fruit juice, sap, and insects.
  • Found in: Bald-faced hornets build colonies inside large enclosed carton nests that hang from trees, bushes, or buildings.
  • The Sting: A hornet’s venom can cause anaphylactic shock, so it is wise to leave control to a professional.
  • Characteristics: A single mated queen will start a new nest each spring, then the workers expand the nest to the size of a basketball with hundreds of hornets. By the end of the summer, the workers die out, the nest hangs empty and newly mated queens overwinter beneath the bark of trees.
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