Just as we were turning the corner on this coronavirus thing and flattening the curve, news came from out west this month that flew in on sens…
Another type of hornet is of a more immediate concern for local beekeepers than the threatened invasion of Asian giant (murder) hornets.
With a name resembling the nemesis of a super hero, the bald-faced hornet is bad news for honey bee hives.
It’s a large species of yellowjacket, black and white, and builds large paper-like nests in trees. It’s the largest yellow jacket species in North America, growing to at least 0.6 inches long.
“I have been a beekeeper. I have tried defending my hives from bald-faced hornets. They are tenacious,” said Amy Gangloff-Kaufmann, senior extension associate for Cornell University’s department of entomology.
According to a Cornell fact sheet, during summer months, the insects serve an important role as predators of flies, caterpillars and other soft-bodied insects. However, because of their ability to sting and a propensity to defend the nest, bald-faced hornets represent a public health concern when they live near humans.
Early-season scouting and removal of small nests can prevent problems with large hornet populations later in the year.