Hornet

Hornet-Baldface-Dolichovespula Maculata

Color-black with cream-colored markings on the front of the head and at the end of the abdomen     /   Size-7/8 inch   /  Shape-Oblong, 2 segments   /   Legs-Six  /  Antenna-Yes     Flying-Yes

Region- Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The hornet colony is contained within the nest made of paper-like material made from chewed wood mixed with saliva.  Hornet nests are usually located in wooded areas in Calgary, attached to a tree branch, but they may attach to shrubs, soffits, and house siding.  Although hornets are beneficial predators that feed on other insects such as filth flies and blow flies, a nearby nest is cause for alarm.  A peak population of 100 to 400 hornets by the end of summer is to be prevented as hornets are aggressive protectors of their nest and pose significant risk to the homeowner and any pets.  Hornets are very protective of their colony and will usually attack if someone approaches within 3 feet of the nest.