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Can you spot the wasp nest?

Look closely at the photo and you will see a Bald-faced Hornet's nest! As the leaves fall off the trees, these wasp nests become much more visible.

    

  • Bald-faced hornets are a type of tree-nesting wasp.
  • They look different from other wasps because their bodies are black and white, not yellow.
  • They make their papery nest by chewing up wood, from your deck or from a tree, and mixing it with saliva.
  • The entrance hole is circled in red in the second photo above.
  • The nest is continually under construction throughout the spring, summer and early fall and can become as big as a basketball, like this one.
  • Like ants, other wasps and bees, all the workers are females.
  • Only the newly hatched queens, who mate with the male drones at the end of the season, survive the cold months by overwintering in soil, leaf litter or tree stumps.
  • On average there are about 400 wasps living in each nest.

  

For more information about Bald-faced Hornets click here.


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