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European hornet

European hornet
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Copyright: Olgierd Rozycki (rolesox) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 173] (1940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon Zoom Lens EF 75-300mm, Marumi 58 mm MC-UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-25 21:15
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Picture taken at Ina river near Ulikowo village.
The European hornet (Vespa crabro), commonly known simply as the "hornet", is the largest European eusocial wasp. The queen measures 25 to 50 mm (1–2 in) long; males and workers are smaller. In males, as in most members of the Aculeata, the antennae have 13 segments, while in females there are only 12; also as in other aculeates, the male abdomen has seven visible segments, while the female has six; females possess an ovipositor modified into a sting which is not barbed.
This species will sting in response to being stepped on or grabbed. They are also defensive of their hive and rather aggressive around food sources such as lilac bushes. Care should be taken when encountered in these circumstances as they may sting without warning. The pain from the sting may persist for several days with attendant swelling.
PL – szerszeń europejski (szerszeń) – gatunek owada z rodziny osowatych (Vespidae), z grupy żądłówek, największy z osowatych występujących w Europie Środkowej, pospolity na terenie całej Polski, zwłaszcza w pobliżu terenów zamieszkiwanych przez ludzi. Żywi się owadami, owocami oraz sokami niektórych drzew. Jego użądlenie może być niebezpieczne dla osób uczulonych na jad owadów błonkoskrzydłych.

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