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.
When are hornets most active?
Where do hornets build nests?
Hornet nests are often found hanging from tree limbs, utility poles, shrubs, outbuildings, and eaves/rafters of buildings as well as other parts of houses.
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