08-August-2012

Bald-faced Hornet.

I noticed a number of bald-faced hornets that seemed attracted to holly leaves. I don’t know if they are trying to get some of the wax off the leaves for their hive. I have not found the hive yet. A couple of years ago they built a basket-ball size hive in my backyard, and made a video. 24-July-2010 and images last year 23-July-2011 I understand that the bald faced hornet is easily upset, and unlike a honey bee is able to inflict multiple stings — so do want to find the hive.

Bald-faced Hornet on a Holly Leaf. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VRII lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bald-faced Hornet on a Holly Leaf. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VRII lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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