residence for spooks
sporting indelible costumes
Does this look spooky to you, even without seeing any of its residents?
This nest is a residence for the Bald Faced Hornet and was in my mother’s yard in her large Asian Pear tree. It was about 3-feet off the ground and larger than a football in diameter. When she told me about it last week while I was visiting her, curiosity motivated me to have a quick look and snap a couple of photos. However, fear of having a painfully potent encounter with lots of small black spooky-looking things drove me away very quickly. I have been stung before by yellowjackets and bees, and I’ve stepped on a bumble bee nest by accident – big owwwwwie for several days!! So I decided to use Wikipedia’s photo below so you can see what the little critter looks like up close.
Here is some information about the Bald Faced Hornet:
- It belongs to a genus of wasps in North America called yellowjackets, but called a hornet because it builds paper nests. It is not a true hornet.
- Are large (greater than 15mm) with black and ivory coloring
- Are common tree-nesting wasps
- Are more aggressive than yellowjackets and other hornets
- A nest can contain 400 to 700 workers
- Will aggressively attack with little provocation, and anyone or anything that invades their space
- Have smooth stingers, and will sting repeatedly if their nest is disturbed
- Are known for their football-shaped paper nests
- Nests are abandoned by winter and are not reused
- Old nests provide good winter shelter for other insects and spiders since they are insulated from heat and cold
- It is not considered safe to approach the nest for observation purposes
- Their scary costumes and face masks are permanent!
This is for the letter “R” Story Challenge by Frizztext, to share a short story or reflection, even an aphorism using a word tagged with each letter of the alphabet.
Kim Klassen texture used – Providence