20 October 2013

nest art 3

^^inactive bald face hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) nest in shrub

^^nest are only used for a year. Baldfaced hornets are present throughout most of Canada and the US except for the American Midwest. Except for newly mated females, the entire colony dies each winter. A possible exception maybe in the American deep south where colonies may overwinter. 

^^Adults feed on flower nectar, ripe fruit, carrion and insects, including other wasp species.

Check out BugGuide for more wasp info
thanks to Matteo's Gelato for the use of their patio to take these nest shots

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