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Bald Faced Hornet (dolichovespula maculata)? - Dolichovespula maculata

Bald Faced Hornet (dolichovespula maculata)? - Dolichovespula maculata
Gallupville, NY, New York, USA
September 13, 2008
Is this a Bald faced hornet? A tree was being cut down and there was a large nest of these guys inside. They were very aggressive!!! Thanks for the help.

D. maculata indeed
There is no mistaking their color pattern

You say the nest was inside the tree? That is quite unique! I have heard of some instances of this species building nests inside of a protected area, but this is not common. Usually, their nests are built aerially on a tree or on the side of a building

Well I could certainly imagine them being very aggressive if you were cutting down the tree. Generally, though, they are docile when the nest is not disturbed

Thanks for the help. I was pretty sure he/she was a Bald Faced Hornet, I love the creamy white markings. Very pretty creature! The nest was in an old tree that was partially taken down by a storm. The nest appeared to be an old possible woodpecker hole about the size of a basketball. Good to hear that they are not normally aggressive, I can see how that their “home invasion” would make them testy! :-0