Bald Faced Hornet on Sedum Plant
If Grasshoppers are the Gladiators of the insect world these have to be the Marines. They are very powerful and striking insects and can be very dangerous if you disturb their nest. They will attack with very little provocation and sting continuously. I had to have a nest removed from a tree on my front lawn many years ago. The Exterminator was intimidated by them even with the smoke gun. They are nevertheless quite handsome creatures.
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