All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Bald-faced Hornet</strong>
<em>Dolichovespula maculata</em>
Knoxville, TN
House Mountain State Natural Area
August 22, 2009

I photographed this insect on a sandstone outcropping at the western overlook of House Mountain. There must have ...
Bald-faced Hornet
Dolichovespula maculata
Knoxville, TN
House Mountain State Natural Area
August 22, 2009

I photographed this insect on a sandstone outcropping at the western overlook of House Mountain. There must have been a nest nearby, we saw more than one. Fortunately, they were not aggressive and didn't bother us. I probably bothered them when I tried to get a photo as they quickly ran around on the rocks!
I was interested to learn that these insects are not true hornets, they are related to Yellowjackets. These are the insects that build the large, gray paper nests that hang from tree limbs.

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