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Do hornets bore into wood?

True hornets are in the genus Vespa of the family Vespidae, which includes about 5000 species of wasps. Bald faced hornets and yellow jackets are the common Vespa hornets of North America, and they do not bore into wood. Bald faced hornets make "paper" by chewing up leaves and other plant material, to build large nests in trees. Yellow jackets build their paper nests in hollows in the ground, in buildings, and sometimes in holes already found in logs.

J. Elliott


Bees and wasps bore into wood, but I couldn't find anything about hornets. You can keep searching at And search for "wood boring hornet" Searching for “wood boring bees” will yield lots of info web pages

And “wood boring wasps” will also yield lots of into web pages Here is a site about wood boring wasps:

The most fascinating types of wasps to me is the family of wingless wasps.

They have brilliant colors:

I got this picture of “the velvet ant” that is actually a wingless wasp from this URL:

Sincere regards,

Mike Stewart

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