Bald-faced hornet

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.