Gary's (owner of Reef Pets) wife suggested he named this morph after the alternating yellow skirts similar to a hornet. This morph fetched very high sums when he first put it for bid on eBay and started the hornet craze. This morph has a deep purple base and a center.


Common Mis-Identified Purple Hornets:

There is a similar morph called "Purple Stingers" that goes around as Purple Hornets, when in fact is a different morph. Purple Stingers are a much more "flat" zoanthid and do not have alternating skirts. They also grow twice as fast as OG Purple Hornets. Blue Hornets are also mistaken as Purple Hornets, but Blue Hornets have a white center while Purple Hornets do not.

OG Purple Hornets Zoanthids

  • Originator

    Reef Pets - 2009

  • Care Level

    Best tried after you've had success with a few other easier corals first and have an understanding of basic reef chemistry such as keeping salinity, alkalinity, calicium, and magnesium levels consistent. The coral itself is very easy to care for if you test for your parameters often and have created a consistent maintanence routine for your reef! 

  • Growth Rate

    A slow grower. Increased growth with feeding such as Benepets.

  • Lighting Placement

    Prefers to be kept in lower to medium lighting. 

    Currently kept under Kessil A360X units. Mounting height 24" above water line. 12:00PM - 10:00PM at 100% blue intensity.

  • Flow Strength

    We recommend starting smaller zoanthid frags in lower flow until it reaches a small colony size. Once established, increase the flow level to avoid any detritus building up in between the mat. If detritus builds up inside the matting of the zoanthid, it can cause bacterial issues.

    Currently kept with Maxspect Gyre 350s Pumps.

  • Supplements

    Brightwell's Amino Acids, Lugols, Replenish, Restor, Potassion, KoralColor.

    Benepets Coral Food.

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