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Common Nocturnal Hornet (Provespa barthelemyi, Vespidae) | by John Horstman (itchydogimages, SINOBUG)
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Common Nocturnal Hornet (Provespa barthelemyi, Vespidae)

Once again, these wasps are congregating in large numbers at the MV lamp at night at present. Many of them take advantage of the smorgasbord of delights on offer and dismember moths at will (I have to watch for approaching bandits when trying to photograph a moth subject I like), but usually end up forming tight clumps around the sheet.


When provoked (i.e. when it comes time to dismantle my apparatus and head home), they are particularly aggressive and I have been stung on a couple of occasions. Their sting is not only painful but causes local necrosis at the site which takes some time to heal and usually with a scar.


Pu'er, Yunnan, China


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Taken on February 1, 2014