Montana Outdoors

October 5, 2008

Bald-faced hornet

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: , — montucky @ 4:17 pm

Maybe I’ve led a sheltered life, but until today I had never had the honor of meeting one of these interesting little critters. What a surprise it was as I was following a deer trail through some very thick growth down by the river to come across this huge nest back in the brush.

Bald-faced hornet nest

It measured 12 1/2 inches in height.

Bald-faced hornet nest

One of the residents happened to be home and posed nicely for me.

Bald-faced hornet

Goldenrod pollen is one if their favorite foods and sure enough, this was growing near by.

Goldenrod

Bald-faced hornets Dolichovespula maculata are not true hornets, but are actually wasps in the genus Vespula. HERE is an interesting website about them.

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