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Hornet - Dolichovespula maculata

Hornet - Dolichovespula maculata
Deane, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
July 8, 2013
Size: 2 cm.

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Dolichovespula maculata
This appears to be a D. maculata queen.

 
How can
You tell a queen from the rest.
And thank you for your help.

 
The pale markings
The pale markings on the side of the thorax look like a queen but as I am thinking about it those markings probably vary depending on the area. Also most queens are around 3-3.5 cm. I believe I was a bit hasty in saying queen.

 
Thanks
I will pay attention to that.

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