Subject: Wasp or Hornet and nest???
Location: western Pennsylvania
May 28, 2014 9:31 am
My son and I watched a wasp or hornet create its intricate nest but are not sure which insect it is, so am seeking your wonderful help as I did so a few years ago with another insect. Thank you for any help you can give us.
My that queen BaldFaced Hornet is building that nest fast. She will soon have a first generation of sterile female workers who begin hunting for food and enlarging the nest, freeing her to just lay eggs. Are you able to avoid this part of the house until the first frost? If not, you should consider more drastic measures and evict her so she finds a more secluded location for her nest because, according to the Penn State University Entomology website: “In Pennsylvania, a large colony will have upwards of 300 individuals.” BaldFaced Hornets are capable of stinging repeatedly and they will defend the nest. We will be flying into Pittsburgh in the middle of June.
Thank you Daniel,
You are right, she did build it fast. I took photos and we watched almost every other hour. (Few photos attached.)
We “evicted” her–sort of hated to do it, but that spot is on our back “stoop” and between my son cutting our grass and me working on 4 different gardens (I plant for birds, butterflies, etc.) we felt she needed to build her large but intricate nest/home somewhere else and wanted to evict her before she laid many or any eggs and started the process. I don’t like to kill anything including bugs and their homes, so felt it better to encourage her to build elsewhere before she had a real home/palace : )
Thanks for your help, I did see that my oldest son had a fairly large nest in his backyard last year but it was not near where they were active themselves and we think it was “done” (at the beginning of fall).
Have a safe and joyful flight.
Marge from westernPA
We believe the eviction was a smart move due to the heavy foot traffic at the site. Because of your thoughtfulness, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.