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BIG bee - Vespa crabro - female

BIG bee - Vespa crabro - Female
Burtonsville, Maryland, USA
May 14, 2006
Size: Over an inch long
This large buzzing insect was found in a shed. It appeared to have larvae in approx. 5 cells that were covered with a white film but still visibly moving. The insect itself seemed to have a white discoloration on its back below the head. It didnt seem aggressive or threated by me taking pictures. The head and legs are a reddish brown.

Big Bee
We have been trying to identify our 'big bees'; they are definitely the European Hornet in the photos! We were especially interested in this one because we too live in Md., in St' Mary's County (southernmost co. in Md.) We have only seen one live one, and it didn't look well. They have been turning up dead on our front porch. If this is because they are males or workers who have reached the end of their natural lifespan, o.k., hopefully, we aren't doing anything to harm them. We do avoid pesticides if at all possible; after reading about hornets, on this site and also a german one, we are impressed!

Neat construction!
I hope that you continue taking pictures as she keeps building the nest.

Vespa crabro.
This is a queen Vespa crabro, the European hornet. This is the only true hornet in North America.

of course. Only yellowjackets build a paper covering around the actual nest. And this is the queen because she is building the nest, the founderess

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