Subject: European hornet ?
Geographic location of the bug: north Georgia
Time: 06:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman : Found this hornets’ nest at the base of a tree in north Georgia. The guards at the entrance were all fanning the nest. I think this is the European hornet but would like confirmation. Sorry the photos are blurry – actually they are freeze frames from a long video clip. FWIW I am a Patreon donor to WTB!
How you want your letter signed: Bruce Carlson
Thanks for your patronage. We apologize for the delay, but Daniel is currently in Ohio for Mother’s Day and the internet here is woefully slow. These are definitely European Hornets. At first we were not convinced this is a nest because European Hornets and many other Wasps will feed on sap that is oozing from trees. According to BugGuide: “Paper nest is built in hollow trees, or in human structures such as attics” so we also concur that this is a nest.