Bald faced hornet grubs
Location: New Hampshire
September 13, 2011 1:05 pm
I’ve been watching these grubs fall from the hornets nest all morning. The adults pick them up and fly away with them. Are they next year’s queens?
We hope our readers know that they can just click on all photos posted after 2009 and get enlargements in a new window. It is a nice feature of our site when it comes to making the information we have to convey even more accessible. We must confess that we don’t know why the larvae are fleeing the nest and the workers are flying away with them. Perhaps the hive is overpopulated and they are culling the grubs. They may instinctively know how to select the most perfect and fecund of the brood while it is still larviform. They may be choosing their heir because the entire nest is basically the mother.
We love your photo. We hope to have some free time in the next month to be able to research the phenomenon it communicates.