Questions About Bald Faced Hornets
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How Do I Recognize A Bald Faced Hornet?
The hornets are about 16-20mm in length; body stout with black and ivory white markings on the face, thorax, abdomen, wings smoky. These are not true hornets but are members of the wasp family.
What Is The Life Cycle Of A Bald Faced Hornet?
In the spring females construct small nests with a few cells and begin laying eggs. The first brood matures into female workers, which feed the larvae several times a day and continue nest expansion. In the late summer males develop out of unfertilized eggs and mate. Only young mated females survive the winter to start the cycle again in the spring.
Where Do I Find Bald Faced Hornets?
Nests are constructed out of wood pulp and saliva and attached to branches in the open. They consist of many layers of cells encased in protective paper with an opening at the bottom. The nest resembles a large inverted teardrop shaped ball, and can contain thousands of wasps, which are extremely aggressive when disturbed. You can find large nests in trees or bushes, on the sides of homes or garages.
What Do Bald Faced Hornets Eat?
Adults consume fruit, nectar and other insects; larvae are fed pre-chewed insects.
What Does A Nest Look Like?
It's easy to spot because its nest is a gray "paper" envelope with several layers of combs inside. A mature nest can be bigger than a basketball, but pear-shaped, with the larger end at the top and an entrance hole near the bottom.
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