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Vespa orientalis – Oriental Hornet
November 19, 2009
Epheseus, Turkey — Vespid found wandering about in front of a nest of its compatriots in a crack between some rocks. Seemed unable to fly. Identified as Oriental Hornet. May be male?
Kris Fricke
Epheseus, Turkey

Oriental Hornet

Oriental Hornet

Hi Kris,
We agree that this is an Oriental Hornet.  There does not appear to be a stinger, and the antennae are long, indicators that this is probably a male or drone.  We will see if Eric Eaton can confirm the sex of the individual.

Oriental Hornet

Oriental Hornet

Update from Eric Eaton
Daniel
think the hornet is a female, based on males I have seen of Vespa crabro….
Eric

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One Response to Oriental Hornet in Turkey

  1. Synesthesia says:

    eeeeeeeeeee
    holding a female hornet
    IN YOUR HAND!
    AUGH!

    Those things would be cute if they didn’t inflict horrible pain.

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