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Aerial yellowjacket or Baldfaced hornet nest?

How do you tell the difference between these two species nests? I ordered a nest off of Ebay and would like to know which species built it. It came from Charlotte NC (taken from a large bush) so I figure it had to be either D. arenaria or D. maculata. I can e-mail a picture of the nest to any one who may be able to tell from the picture, or if there is a general way I can tell by looking at the nest. Thanks.


You can order a hornet nest from Ebay? I just captured a LARGE Baldface hornet nest (about 13" dia.) from a Bigleaf Maple tree by my house (garbage bag at night) put it in my freezer and eventually threw it away when I couldn't find any takers. Never thought of Ebay.

I found a picture of a nest that looks just like the one I had to take down on the Baldface hornet page

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Bald-faced hornets' (Dolichovespula maculata) nests and aerial yellowjackets' (Dolichovespula arenaria) nests look very similar. However, you can usually tell the difference between the two by inspecting the outer walls of the nests. A bald-faced hornets' nest has larger stripes in the outer wall than an aerial yellowjackets' nest does. Also, the outer wall in a mature bald-faced hornets' nest usually has a scalloped appearance (especially near the top of the nest).

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