Friday, August 01, 2008

Bald faced hornet nest

It really seemed to appear out of nowhere overnight no matter what Howard says! If you click to enlarge the photo, you can see a pretty good view of a bald faced hornet.

Very near the driveway, it has to go. I know, they're pollinators, but they chose the wrong spot for their nest. We also have a yellow jacket nest in the ground that looks exceedingly dangerous. Herb got stung by one, luckily only one, while mowing, and 2 year old Kayla almost ran into it while she was chasing the kitty. Sorry, its gotta go.

I almost hated to post this picture with that chlorotic maple. It is the bane of my gardening existence. I won it in a neighborhood yard and garden contest years ago, and it has never been right. Apparently it is one Maple cultivar that is particularly prone to chlorosis. It looks good in the winter, half the year here, but someday it's firewood.


Brenda Kula said...

When I see one of those nests, it's gotta go. Sorry. They're not very hospitable creatures, I've found.

Rosemary said...

I too had one of these "nests" and yes it had to go.

Titania said...

This nest is so well done, so artistic. In a way it seems a pity that it has to go, but under the circumstances there is no other way. I guess hornets can be pretty dangerous espescially when they are agressive.