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European Hornet and

European Hornet and "friends"
Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 26, 2009
I just thought this photo was interesting-not sure where to put it though. The European Hornet seemed uninterested in the others "bees". And it's the only one I've seen this year.


The european hornet is vespa crabro. The yellowjackets are mostly vespula maculifrons, except for the on in the corner, which i think is a vulgaris. The haneybees are apis mellifera. The bald faced hornet and paper wasp are both males, they are dolichovespula maculata and polistes fuscatus, respectively.

even though we pretty much had them all nailed down already

Moved from ID Request.

The Polistes and the D. maculata are both male.
I have seen plenty of V. crabro this summer, but still have not been able to locate any colonies.

I suggest placing this in Aculeata

I've seen
a bunch of European Hornets this year, along with some Baldfaced Hornets and tons of Yellow Jackets.

Thanks for looking so close a
Thanks for looking so close at the others. I didn't.

I have a very general idea of where the colony might be but since we live on the side of a wooded mountain it's a bit hard to go looking for it. (we also have a lot of bears) I wonder why we see so few of them with so much for them to eat. I guess that's a good thing though.

Awesome photos!
I'm really enjoying your 'wasp party' photos -- thanks for sharing!

Thanks! I never expected so m
Thanks! I never expected so many different species. It's too bad the "party time" is so short-it's almost over here. The "guests" are starting to die off. :[

BTW-the feeding station was interesting at night too with a totally different cast of characters.

Thats a good point to make
I only have ever looked at my feeding stations during the night one time. I found the "night crew" had taken over. Daddy long legs, earwigs, and a whole bunch of other creepy crawlies

I have found amoung the night
I have found amoung the night beasties-the big American Millipedes, several species of moths, beetles...something that looked for the world like a mosquito...

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