THEY WERE AT IT AGAIN…


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I DECIDED TO TAKE A WALK AROUND THE YARD AND GET A LITTLE EXERCISE…I WAS ACTUALLY INSPIRED BY ANOTHER BLOGGER WHO IS TAKING ON A MUCH MORE STRENUOUS WORK-OUT DAY…SO I STROLLED.

WAY UP HIGH IN THE TOP OF A SYCAMORE TREE I THOUGHT I SAW ANOTHER SQUIRREL NEST…BEING NOSY, I THOUGHT I’D USE MY CAMERA TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT IT’S CONSTRUCTION.

THIS, MY FRIENDS, IS NOT A DREY, A SQUIRREL NEST…THIS, MY FRIENDS IS A NEST BUILT BY SMALL FLYING THINGS WITH VERY SHARP STINGERS ATTACHED TO THE BUSINESS END OF THEIR BODIES. WE’VE HAD THESE BUILT IN THE TREES BEFORE, BUT IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I’VE SEEN ONE. LUCKILY FOR ME, THEY SHUT DOWN THEIR OPERATIONS DURING THE WINTER.

IS THIS A HORNETS NEST? A HONEYBEE HIVE? I’M NOT SURE…ONE OF YOU OUT THERE NEEDS TO ADVISE ME… I WAS OUT IN THE COLD FOR AN HOUR AND NOW MY FINGERS ARE TOO TIRED TO GOOGLE.

22 thoughts on “THEY WERE AT IT AGAIN…”

  1. Looks like it could be a honeybee hive. They have one down at the Scottish Wildlife Trust at New Lanark which sits in a glass structure with wooden covers so everyone can look at it from time to time. The covers are shut most of the time to prevent the bees from getting disturbed.

  2. I’d stay clear of that nest, it does look waspy to me but then I don’t know your wasps…. but the cold I’m sure saved your bacon. .. those type fliers are active here by us now…. walked into a spiders nest the other day and it was a big one… looking at my photos instead of where I’m going… and got covered in baby spiders all over my body…. boy can I still jive, luckily no one else could see me…. had the rittle tits for hours, every itch made me think a spider was still on me…

  3. Hornet nest has a round cover (or shell ?) so that, this is a wasp’s nest still it’s pretty big one.
    Anyhow, in the winter, a Queen may sheltering somewhere and in the spring,
    she start to build a new nest from a scratch alone.

  4. That looks like a broken up yellow jackets’ nest. Did it have gray swirly paperlike material around the outside? You don’t want to step on one of those nests if the wind happens to blow it off the tree. But this time of year, it’s most likely inactive, at least if your climate is cold.

      1. You should be safe from stings. Even if the nest is occupied, they’ll be lethargic. We find yellow jackets in our firewood sometimes and bring the critters into the house. If the piece of wood doesn’t go onto the fire right away, sometimes we’ll have a groggy yellow jacket doddering around wondering what day it is.

    1. It is BIG! It’s way up there in the tree and still looks big from down on the ground…I’l be watching that thing when spring comes for sure..

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