Location: Toronto, ON
July 25, 2010 10:27 am
This bee-like insect has been hanging around the deckish part of my building’s fire escape for about a month or two in ones and twos. I’m on the third floor of a three floor building, so the area is hot and sunny when they’re here. I’m in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, near the Lake Ontario shore. and it’s mid July now. They seem very interested in eating the wood on the verticals. I haven’t seen them on the horizontal decking wood, and they don’t leave piles of sawdust. When it’s quiet, I can hear them munching (kind of creepy). The highlights are white, not yellow, that’s not a colour issue with the photo.
The Bald Faced Hornet in your photo is gathering wood pulp to add to the large paper nest that must be nearby in a tree or other suitable location.