Inside a nest of the Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata)


A colony of Bald-faced Hornets (Dolichovespula maculata) has recently taken up residence on the side of the Wyck House. I have chosen to leave them alone, and will remove the nest in the autumn when it has been vacated. Its placement against the glass enables me to see directly into the egg chamber, to observe up close how the larvae develop, and how the adults care for the young. This is one of those species that I usually keep at a safe distance, so this is a real treat.

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