The baldfaced hornet is about 0.7 inch long and is black with whitish markings. It is technically a yellowjacket but builds a distinctive pear-shaped, basketball-sized nest covered with grayish paperlike material. It usually constructs its nest in a tree or under the eave of a building. These baldfaced hornets have very creatively placed the image of a one eyed witch over the entrance of their hive! Can you see her tall pointed hat, empty eye socket and open mouth?
Baldfaced hornets are beneficial because they capture other insects. Since they tend to build their nests rather high up in trees and usually do not threaten humans, it is best to leave them alone. Two pale tan hornets are near the top of the nest.
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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS, Canon Zoom Lens 20x IS 5.0-100.0mm 1:2.8-5.7 USM.
Location: Quabbin Reservoir (an “accidental wilderness” that is home to an impressive variety of wildlife), Belchertown, Massachusetts (USA).
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