The Bald Faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) is a North American
insect often called the white-faced or white tailed hornet. Its well-known features include its hanging paper nests and the females’ habit of defending them with repeated stings.
They are most common in the southeastern United States. They are best known for their large football-shaped paper nest, which they build in the spring for raising their young. These nests can sometimes reach 3 feet tall. Bald-faced hornets are protective of their nests and will sting repeatedly if the nest is physically disturbed.They are more aggressive than both the wasps normally called yellow jackets and members of the Vespa genus, and it is not considered safe to approach the nest for observation purposes. Bald-faced hornets visit flowers, especially in late summer, and can be minor pollinators.
The bald-faced hornet will aggressively attack with little provocation. Like other stinging wasps, they can sting repeatedly because the stinger does not become stuck in the skin. Some suggest putting baking soda or meat tenderizer on the area of the sting.