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Alphabetical List of Critters - Bald-faced Hornet

Photo of a Bald-faced hornet resting on a milkweed leaf and holding the remains of an insect upon which it probably preyed.The Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) is a type of paper wasp in the family Vespidae (subfamily Vespinae). It also goes by the names of White-faced Hornet or White-tailed Hornet.  They are closely related to yellowjackets (they share the same genus), but, they do not possess any yellow coloring — their coloring is black with white markings.  Like yellowjackets, the female workers are very aggressive, especially when defending their nest, and each individual can sting repeatedly (as opposed to a honeybee worker which can only sting once).

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