What do hornets look like?
- Size: Size varies by species but up to 1.5 inch
- Color: Brown with yellow abdominal stripes and pale face (European hornets) and black with a white pattern on most of the face (bald-faced hornets)
- Body Structure: Long wasp-like bodies, six legs, pair of wings, antennae
Characteristics of hornets
Hornets are social insects, living in colonies. Queens in the colony lay eggs in the spring, building a paper comb around each individual egg. Eventually these larvae hatch into worker hornets, whose purpose is to find food, build the nest, and protect newly-hatched young. A nest may contain upwards of 500-700 workers at any given time. Males in the nest will fertilize new female queens, who then leave the nest that fall to begin new colonies.
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