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European Hornet

Scientific Name
Vespa crabro
Scientific Author
Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
Status
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Reliability
High
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The European hornet Vespa crabro, is the largest European eusocial wasp. The queen measures 25 to 50 mm long; males and workers are smaller. In males, have 13 antennal segments, while in females there are only 12; the male abdomen has seven visible segments, while the female has six; females possess an ovipositor modified into a sting which is not barbed.

The eyes are deeply indented, the wings are reddish-orange, while the petiolate metasoman is brown striped with yellow. The European hornet is larger than the common wasp, but smaller than some Asian hornet species.
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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
McCaffrey, Sarah & Ken Walker
Created
05/03/2012 12:01 AEST
Last Updated
08/03/2012 15:30 AEST
Citation
McCaffrey, Sarah & Ken Walker (2012) European Hornet (Vespa crabro) Updated on 3/8/2012 3:30:00 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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