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Our photographers have been busy exploring the intricacies of the Missouri outdoors. See if you can guess this month’s natural wonder. More

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A red-legged grasshopper perches atop the flowers of tall goldenrod. More

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Look for the Regal Fritillary, a large, colorful butterfly, during summer in tallgrass prairies in western and northern Missouri. More

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Our photographers have been busy exploring the intricacies of the Missouri outdoors. See if you can guess this month’s natural wonder. More

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An e-mailer recently described to me an odd encounter she had with wildlife. She killed a cockroach by stepping on it. Before she could dispose of the dead cockroach, a narrow worm-like organism that was several inches long crawled out of the cockroach and began weaving its body like a snake on the her floor. More
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Bald-Faced Hornet

image of Bald-faced Hornet on Goldenrod
Dolichovespula maculata
Bald-faced hornets are fairly large wasps that are primarily black, with white or ivory markings on the face, thorax, and toward the tip of the abdomen. The large, rounded, papery, gray nests of this social insect are frequently seen in natural history displays. More

Bald-Faced Hornet Face

Photo of bald-faced hornet face as it peeks out from hole in nest
There’s a reason they’re called bald-faced hornets: Although they are mostly black, these wasps have white or ivory markings on their faces. More

Bald-Faced Hornet Foraging on Goldenrod

image of Bald-faced Hornet on Goldenrod
Adult bald-faced hornets generally eat nectar from flowers, but they also collect insects and other arthropods to chew up and feed to their growing larvae. More

Bald-Faced Hornet In Nest

Photo of bald-faced hornet in nest, showing underside of wasp
Each nest is begun in spring by a single overwintered queen. Late-summer nests may contain several hundred workers, as well as males and new queens. This is a rare view of the underside of a bald-faced hornet as she walks around inside her nest. The photographer was able to capture this image because the nest was built against a glass window. More

Bald-Faced Hornet Nest

Photo of bald-faced hornet nest
In winter after leaf-fall, look up into trees for old nests, which are large, rounded, papery, and gray. The nests of this social insect are frequently seen in natural history displays. More