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Baldfaced Hornet - worker - Dolichovespula maculata - female

Baldfaced Hornet - worker - Dolichovespula maculata - Female
Powhatan County, Virginia, USA
July 31, 2005
Can anyone ID this? - Thanks

This is indeed a Bald-faced Hornet worker. I guess you took this picture at the same place as the European Hornet V. crabro? It shows that both species have very similar feeding habits, being very fond of tree sap - what kind of tree, by the way: maybe an Oak (Quercus)?. Although being phylogenically an aerial Yellowjacket, the Bald faced Hornet is very close, ecologically speaking, to true Hornets.

Oak Sap
Yes, the tree was an Oak

Baldfaced Hornet
Looks like Dolichovespula maculata, the Baldfaced Hornet.