Hornet's nest in apple tree

Discussion in 'Celebrate Biodiversity' started by DavidB52, Jul 18, 2022.

  1. DavidB52

    DavidB52 Active Member

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    I went up to the Bulkley Valley last week to visit my parents and came across this Hornet's nest under construction.
    It's not far under way; that region has had a cool, wet summer too, and everything is about a month behind where it usually is.
    Looks like the Queen Hornet is working by herself. I didn't see much activity, although Hornet's nests don't get too populated anyhow.
    She is black with a white-tipped tail. Unfortunately, I didn't get a good photo of her. She is back-lit. Plus, I didn't want to get too close to her and risk getting stung.

    I was surprised by her location for this home: a low-hanging branch of an apple tree. It is totally exposed to the elements and swings in the wind. Wasps and Hornets often pick a more sheltered location.
     

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