Bald Faced Hornet

Bald Faced Hornet

This atypically large yellow jacket gets its common name from its largely black color but mostly white face. They are found through the U.S.

  • Common Name: Baldfaced Hornet
  • Scentific Name: Dolichovespula maculata (Linnaeus)
  • Class/Order/Family: Insecta/Hymenoptera/Vespidae
  • Metamorphosis: Complete
  • Size


    Adult workers are about 5/8-3/4+" long; queens about 3/4+".

  • Color


    Black with white pattern on most of face. Two angled stripes on thorax towards head and on last 3 abdominal segments.

  • Biology


    Social insects which live in aerial nests.

  • Habit


    Nests can vary from shrubs or vines at ground level to 66 ft or higher in trees.

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