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THE NESTING HABITS OF THE BALD-FACED HORNET, VESPA MACULATA

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Abstract:

It is a surprising fact that, despite its wide distribution and the conspicuous size and formidable appearance of both insect and nest, this wasp is comparatively little known. The fact that so little work has been done on the behavior of this species is doubtless due largely to three reasons: first, most investigators are strangely prone to be indifferent to those familiar things about them which they feel everyone knows by hearsay, and thus good material at our very doors is often neglected for something more novel or unknown; second, the formidable attitude of this hornet, and its reputation of long standing, do not invite scientific scrutiny; lastly, their habit of building nests high up out of reach or in positions where a hasty retreat cannot be effected in case one is suddenly overcome by a strange impelling desire to be elsewhere, is not conducive to intellectual calm or physical repose. While the following account gives us only certain phases of the life history of this hornet, it will in some measure fill a gap.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1929

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  • Annals of the Entomological Society of America is published in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Annals especially invites submission of manuscripts that integrate different areas of insect biology, and address issues that are likely to be of broad relevance to entomologists. Articles also report on basic aspects of the biology of arthropods, divided into categories by subject matter: systematics; ecology and population biology; arthropod biology; arthropods in relation to plant diseases; conservation biology and biodiversity; physiology, biochemistry, and toxicology; morphology, histology, and fine structure; genetics; and behavior.
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