Found in Utah. The bald-faced hornet lives throughout North America, including southern Canada, the Rocky Mountains, the western coast of the United States, and most of the eastern US. They are most common in the southeastern United States.
General information about
Bald-Faced Hornet :
This used to be called Vespula maculata. the "Dolicho" part was add to mean, "Long Face", which is what separates members of the genus Dolichovespula from Vespula.
Dolichovespula maculata is not a true hornet. A better descriptions would be a black and white yellow jacket or a black and white Paper Wasp.
Eats insects, rotting fruit, tree sap.
Hornet stings are usually more painful than bee stings. They will try to aim for your eyes. This can cause major swelling. If stung, use baking soda, to neutralize the acidic reaction.
Blocking their flight path or sticking your head to close to their nest can cause a mass reaction in the entire community. If they smell your breath near an entry port of their nest, the entire colony will usually exit in an all out war to the death.
Rather than consuming prey directly, prey are masticated and fed to the larvae, and the larvae, in return, produce a clear liquid (with high amino acid content) which the adults consume.
Every year, the whole colony dies, except for a small percentage of fertilized females, that will hibernate underground over the winter. This pest causes problems by: