The Hornetaur are small, beetle-like Neopterons. Like the related Vespoid, they are highly susceptible to poison. Due to their small size, many find them difficult to hit directly. Hornetaurs will frequently attack the hunter in groups, making it irksome to fight other monsters in the area. If hit with normal weapons, these monsters will frequently shatter completely.
Typically, using a poison-attribute Weapon, Poison S or Poison Coating with a Bow is the only way to kill and carve the Hornetaur without having them explode and be uncarvable. Poison Smoke Bombs are also useful in getting multiple Hornetaurs poisoned all at once.