Bald-faced Hornet   (four photos)
Dolichovespula maculata
"White-faced Hornet"

bald-faced hornet at Red Butte Garden
These hornets are scary because their sting is in the top ten of painful insect stings or bites (Schmidt Pain Index.)
I was recently stung by a paper wasp or yellow jacket and I can attest that it is one of the worst pains I have
experienced so I don't want to mess with this wasp. It is such a meaty, beautiful wasp that it's hard not to just stare
 at it until my eyes pop out of my head. There are many of these at Red Butte Garden.  Carol Davis 9-4-2012

black and white hornet
Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City is about the only place I've seen these beautiful hornets. Their large nests are found
above  ground, usually in trees or bushes.  They feed pre-chewed insects to their young and the adults feed on nectar. This
 one was very dusty from the pollen but nothing really detracts from the striking black and white colors.  Wasps and
their kin are fast becoming some of my favorite insects. Carol Davis, 8-29-2008

bald-faced hornet
These hornets look scary because of their plump physique but I followed this quickly-moving one around
the flowers for quite a while and it never got agitated. 
Carol Davis, 8-29-2008

Dolichovespula maculata
This worker Bald-faced Hornet must have been consuming this bench in Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City. I
passed it once and then when I came back about an hour later it was still walking around on the bench. Maybe
 it was gathering pieces of wood for its nest.  They are a gorgeous insect.  Carol Davis 8-29-2011

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