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Bald-Faced Hornet - Dolichovespula maculata - female

Bald-Faced Hornet - Dolichovespula maculata - Female
Mt Hood Wilderness Area. Just east of Tamanawas Falls, Hood River County, Oregon, USA
July 11, 2010
Posting for friend. I'm clueless. Help w/ID appreciated.

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Bald-Faced Hornet - Dolichovespula maculata - female Bald-Faced Hornet - Dolichovespula maculata - female

You are right
This queen is extremely late. She might have had to start over, or maybe she just woke up late and got behind.

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This is a bald-faced hornet -
This is a bald-faced hornet - Dolichovespula maculata

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Queen?
Thank you for the ID. Is this a queen just beginning construction of a new nest/colony?

 
Queen?
I followed a nest once that started this way. Later, she'll build more nest around the initial one with it's exit tunnel.
I believe these hornets have two generations in a summer, and, in my observation, the second generation was much, much more aggressive.
Bald-faced Hornet Nest

 
Thanks...
Thank you for the comment and link to your website. It seems construction of a hornets' nest is often not a straightforward, linear process, but can involve several false starts.

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