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Hornet

Observed: 3rd October 2013 By: AmadanAmadan’s reputation in InvertebratesAmadan’s reputation in InvertebratesAmadan’s reputation in InvertebratesAmadan’s reputation in Invertebrates
Hornet
Description:

Either that, or another wasp on steroids.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hornet (Vespa crabro) interacts

Comments

eucera's picture

sex

This is a male - check out the very long antennae

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
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Amadan's picture

Thanks for that -

In the inset photo it appears to be taking sap from some fresh damage to the bark. I'm not certain that it's the same individual - I thought the males died shortly after mating?

eucera's picture

ID Comment

What you are seeing is ring-barking of young twigs to promote sap flow: commonly of Ash. Males are active for a few weeks each Autumn

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
www.bwars.com

Amadan's picture

Thank you

I understand the behaviour now.