ID#: 9814
Photographed in Concord, Massachusetts, May 2006, by Harvard University, Dept. of Environmental Health and Safety entomologist/environmental biologist, Dr. Gary Alpert, this image depicted an anterior view of a Bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata. D. maculata create large arboreal nests with a thin paper outer layer, and can be recognized by their black and white color markings, especially the white areas on their face. These large wasps will sting when defending their nest, or when defending themselves against perceived harm. Stings from these insects can induce anaphylactic shock in susceptible individuals, and therefore, control of their populations need be left to professional control specialists. See PHIL 9815 and 9816 for images of this insect’s nests.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Dr. Gary Alpert - Urban Pests - Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Creation Date: 2006
Photo Credit: Dr. Gary Alpert
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