Baldfaced Hornet

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Paper Wasps, Yellowjackets, and Solitary Wasps


“Hornet” is term often used to describe yellowjackets and wasps.  The Baldfaced hornet is the only “hornet” known to exist in Texas, even though this insect is in actuality a type of yellowjacket.

Their nests are primarily aerial and are constructed from chewed wood fiber and are covered with a papery envelope with an entrance near the bottom.

hornet nest

Hornet nest

Nests can reach a size of 3 feet in length with 2 to 4 horizontal combs.  These insects are less likely to act aggressively since their nests are typically constructed up and away or in remote locations, greatly reducing the exposure to disturbances.


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