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Lesser Banded Hornet

Scientific Name
Vespa affinis
Scientific Author
Linnaeus
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
Status
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Reliability
High
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This is a small to medium-sized hornet, with queens reaching 30mm, males 26mm and workers being an average of 22 to 25mm. There are several geographical forms or subspecies; the ones found in Hong Kong and South China are generally mainly black, with the first two abdominal segments being a deep yellow, forming a conspicuous band. The sides of the head and thorax show some reddish brown. On the other hand, specimens from Southeast Asian regions such as Singapore are fully black, without reddish brown markings, and the abdominal band is a brilliant orange.
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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
McCaffrey, Sarah & Ken Walker
Created
05/03/2012 12:00 AEST
Last Updated
08/03/2012 15:29 AEST
Citation
McCaffrey, Sarah & Ken Walker (2012) Lesser Banded Hornet (Vespa affinis) Updated on 3/8/2012 3:29:18 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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