Sunday, July 31, 2016
|Bald-faced hornet nest|
Photo by Frank Kleyn
Text and photo by Frank Kleyn
An ornamental plum tree draped above my Richmond Beach roof is the home for a large bald-faced hornet nest.
Bald-faced hornets are not truly hornets, and are more closely related to yellow jackets.
In the spring, bald-faced hornets begin building their paper nests suspended in the protective branches of trees. The spherical nests, created with wood fiber and saliva, can reach three feet in height.
Their nests house a large colony with a queen and hundreds of drones and workers.
When the rains and cold winds of autumn return to the Pacific Northwest, the queen will fly off, leaving the other hornets to die and the nest will be no longer be active.