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Thu Aug 6 23:56:20 EDT 1998
dyanega at mono.icb.ufmg.br (Doug Yanega) wrote:
>>The aforementioned 'yellow and orange' Hornets still keep their
>>nesting habitrs secret from me. One educator ventured that this
>>hornet may be the 'old world' hornet, 'Vespa', and may not build a
>>nest in the open, but possibly in the ground. Note - This Hornet is
>>slightly larger than the common Black and Cream colored hornet, which
>>builds a grey, spherical nest in trees.
>Actually, I believe Vespa crabro (the European Hornet) makes nests in
>trees, rather than in the ground. The other species you have is the
>Bald-faced Hornet, Dolichovespula maculata. At least you now know their
>identities, for future reference.
>Doug Yanega Depto. de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas,
>Univ. Fed. de Minas Gerais, Cx.P. 486, 30.161-970 Belo Horizonte, MG BRAZIL
>phone: 031-449-2579, fax: 031-441-5481 (from U.S., prefix 011-55)
> "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
> is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
Doug, as I am likely the only one who didn't know the hornets
identities, I'm especially pleased to get your info. Thank you also,
for your input on Vespa crabro nest locations. I still have no
confirmation that Vespa crabro is the yellow-orange Hornet I
Of possible interest - Today after observing a Bald-Faced Hornet take
a Tiger Swallowtail and complete the processing described earlier, I
became curious as to what a hornet's reaction would be to finding the
body remains with wings intact, used as a decoy. I placed the
remains, wings open, on a blossom. Within 2-3 minutes, a
Bald-Faced Hornet engaged the carcass and tumbled with it through the
leaves, to the ground . The Hornet then processed a pulp ball from
the thorax, and flew off with it just as with the fresh kill.
Now wondering about the acceptibility of a small section of
pipe-cleaner, silk wings, and a micro-burger ball .
Like your 'tag-line'.
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