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Oriental Hornet

Scientific Name
Vespa orientalis
Scientific Author
Linnaeus, 1771
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
Status
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes
The Oriental hornet Vespa orientalis, is a hornet which looks very similar to the European hornet, Vespa crabro.

It is commonly found in the Mediterranean area, but can also be found in Madagascar and India. It has now been introduced to South America up to Mexico.

The female queen measures 25 to 35 mm long; males and workers are smaller.

In 2010 a team of researchers from Israeli and British universities discovered that the yellow stripe in the hornet's metasoma is capable of harvesting the sun's light and converting it into energy. In fact, the main metabolic activity occurs in that yellow pigment layer. The process is made possible by a pigment called xanthopterin. This might explain why the insects are more active during intense sunlight, unlike most hornets.
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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
McCaffrey, Sarah & Ken Walker
Created
05/03/2012 11:23 AEST
Last Updated
08/03/2012 15:31 AEST
Citation
McCaffrey, Sarah & Ken Walker (2012) Oriental Hornet (Vespa orientalis) Updated on 3/8/2012 3:31:13 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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