Bald-faced Hornet

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Bald-faced hornets can grow up to 3/4" in length.  They live in meadows, forest edges and around lawns.  the adults drink nectar, fruit juices and even other insects.  The larva eat pre-chewed insects passed to them by the adults.  Adults are very protective of the nest and they will sting repeatedly if the nest is disturbed.

Older queens, workers and the young all die once winter arrives.  The young mated females survive by leaving the nest and hiding in the soil or in litter.

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This picture was taken by Gene Knop.

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