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Hibernating hornet

Hibernating hornet

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DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Queen hornet. Insect-eye view of a queen hornet (Vespa crabro) hibernating in a hole in damp wood. Females spend the winter in this rigid posture until awakened by the warmth of spring. The hornet is the largest of the wasp family. Hornets are social insects, living in wood pulp nests in tree hollows, ruled by a queen. Hornets have a reputation for being aggressive, although they only sting when provoked. The sting contains a mixture of nerve stimulants which causes severe pain and inflammation.

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