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Greater banded hornet

Scientific Name
Vespa tropica
Scientific Author
Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Vespinae)
Status
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Reliability
High
High
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Quarantine intercept, Melbourne, Australia, In air conditioner, Hong Kong, 7 September 2010. Det A. Broadley, 7 September 2010
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Sarah McCaffrey Museums Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes
Greater banded hornet (Vespa tropica) is a tropical species of hornet found in Southeast Asia, from Afghanistan to New Guinea. It is medium sized, worker's length is of about 25 mm. The head is dark brown/red, the abdomen is black with a large yellow stripe.

This is a medium-sized to large species. Queens reach 30mm or more, males average 26mm and workers average 24 to 26mm. There is some geographical variance within this species. Generally, the second metasomal segment carries a large area of bright yellow, while the rest of the metasoma is black. In Hong Kong, the head and sides of the thorax are usually reddish. On the other hand, specimens from Southeast Asian regions such as Singapore are fully black, and tend to get distinctly larger.

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
McCaffrey, Sarah & Ken Walker
Created
02/03/2012 02:13 AEST
Last Updated
25/11/2021 15:47 AEST
Citation
McCaffrey, Sarah & Ken Walker (2012) Greater banded hornet (Vespa tropica) Updated on 11/25/2021 3:47:44 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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