6553. From tip to tip of the “legs” was about 5mm. Found August 1st 2019. Sunny and high 20’s Celsius. Found outdoors at about 250m of elevation on the south-west corner of Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park in Port Coquitlam, BC. I found it when I felt a sharp pain on the inside of my lower leg, very similar to a wasp ‘sting’. It was (trapped? burrowed?) in the top band of my sock, and took a small chunk out of my skin (a bite I assume). Over the next few days my leg got puffy and swollen like it normally does when I get a wasp ‘sting’, and the area around the bite (about 30cm round) was very red and angry looking. The area was not itchy. The swelling and redness have almost gone away 4 days after the bite. Coquitlam, BC. Canada
Number 6553. This might be the detached head of a very dead bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Click here for an image.