Bald Faced Hornet Diego Lujan Carlos Flores Entomology
The Nest • The old nest of a hornet can serve other insects and spiders as a good Winter shelter. • This also benefits birds, knowing that it’s a potential food source. • Finally, most importantly it benefits the hornet itself. The nest serves as shelter, protection, and it allows reproduction by laying their eggs.
More Benefits • Bald-faced hornets can be considered beneficial in that they reduce the population of unwanted insects. (Including other Bald-faced hornets) • They also serve as pollinators for plants when searching for nectar.
DANGER • The sting of a hornet is more painful to humans than typical wasp stings because a hornet’s venom contains a large amount (5%) of acetylcholine. • Hornets can sting multiple times, unlike typical bees, hornets do not die after stinging, because their stinger is not pulled out of their bodies.
MORE DANGER • When a hornet attacks, it releases pheromones that trigger other hornets to attack as well. • When a hornet is killed, pheromones are also released. Attracting other hornets to the kill site.
Sources • http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/baldfaced-hornet • http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/yellowjacket.html • http://peakpestcontrol.com/bees-wasps-hornets.html