A Hornet’s Nest

This suddenly appeared on a branch about a week ago.  I was surprised I hadn’t seen any part of it before – I walk past this tree almost daily.  It was a hive of activity, if you’ll pardon the expression.  They appear to be bald-faced hornets (Dolichovespula maculata) and it’s a beauty of a nest.  We often have wasps hovering about, and bees among the flowers.  This was quite a unique sight for me.

The inhabitants appear to be bald-faced hornets (mostly black with some light patches) and a few can usually be seen near the opening.

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