The black hornet is so impressive that the military created a drone and named it after the insect. This drone known as the black hornet nano and it is used by the United States, France, Netherlands, Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom in their military arsenal. The insect it is named after is known to be a close relative of the yellow jacket one of the most aggressive species of wasps on the planet.
The black hornet
This species of hornet is bald in the face with a black color all over its body which is not broken by any other color. Interestingly the bald face it white in color. This hornet is widely distributed in across the United States and Canada and it lives in a colony housing 300 to 700 workers that are ready to sting you if you come near their nest. They have the typical large build of a hornet but the females can kill off their eggs when the colony reaches the required population to prevent the reproductive females from being overrun by the males that they lay.
What do they eat?
The black hornet is omnivores in nature who benefit their environment by eating of flies and catepillars that can be a nuisance around you. But that doesn’t diminish their threat to human beings and because they can sting repeatedly and their venom is poisonous they can deliver fatal stings to humans. However, the black hornet is even more lethal in its defense. It squirts some of the venom into your eyes which causes temporary blindness effectively incapacitating you for the hornet to deliver its deadly stings. This is why the black hornet may be even deadlier than the yellow jacket and even the Japanese hornet.
What is the colony cycle?
The colony is created by a single female that has been fertilized. This is usually a female that has survived the overwinter period and she is ready to lay her first generation of eggs which will turn out to be her workers in her new colony. The workers grow up to take over the house keeping tasks in the colony while the queen concentrates on laying eggs. The queen will also allow reproductive worker females that help with populating the colony with time to reproduce. However, she concentrates more on producing workers because diminished numbers of workers put the entire colony at risk of attack or poor food stocks.
When are they active?
Black hornets like other hornets are active day and night which is why they are a serious threat to humans. Pest control experts usually advice that wasp nest be destroyed by night but this is not advisable for hornets as they are just as likely to attack during the night as they are during the day.
When one is stung by a black hornet they can develop moderate symptoms or severe symptoms that end up in an anaphylactic shock. It is always advisable to stay away from hornets whether black or yellow jackets.