Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Hornets' Nest

My computer crashed over the weekend. Fortunately, DH saved everything to disk last week or I’d really be in a mess. I did lose some photos I wanted to include in my blog this week.

Fortunately, this photo was still in my camera. DH photographed these giant hornets (Vespa crabro germana) a couple of days ago. They are building a nest right next to our front door. These are normally non-confrontational creatures but they will attack if they feel their nest is threatened. And so we are faced with a bit of a moral dilemma…sigh…

Hornets' Nest

4 comments:

kay susan said...

What a terrific photo. Don't they have scary, pointy-eyed faces!

Conni said...

Yes, they are positively demonic-looking, aren’t they? But they are not as mean as they look and we’re trying to figure out how to remove them without destroying them.

Sonji Hunt said...

Is that possible? Maybe you could move the nest at night. They would fly out, but not in mass. My husband and I used a garden hose to simulate rain and also some super toxic chemicals. Half the nest remained in tact and is now HUGE, but way far away from the house. A few will have to suffer, but as long as that big queen doesn't come out, it will all be fine. Good Luck. I've never seen red faced hornets. Icky and cool.

Conni said...

We have decided to leave the nest where it is until the adults die off in early winter. Then we will relocate the nest a safer distance from the house.