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Very Colorful Mature Bald-faced

Very Colorful Mature Bald-faced "Hornet" Nest - Dolichovespula maculata
Missouri, USA
Size: 21" tall
This breath-taking nest is part of my own personal collection. Look at all the colorful "lines of construction" in the envelope. These nests can be very beautiful to say the least! This particular specimen is one of my more colorful nests. By the way, these bright colors result from the wasps gathering pulp from painted wooden fences, barns, etc... There is more to wasp nests than just a drab grey color! Enjoy.

nest found
1st time here-1st nest ever seen. just found a very large one tucked into a larger Holly Tree on my property near Nashville Tn,
2 questions
1-how can I identify what type it is? It must be 18 inches high and 12-14 inches wide from what I can make out.
2. How can I/if It's safe, try and take it out to view and hang somewhere? When is it safe to try and remove and what precautions should I take?
Can some one respond to my e-mail address at gmw121^@aol.com?

 
WASP NEST
You most likely have a bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) nest in your holly tree. The best time to safely remove the nest is during the late fall/early winter when the wasps abandon the nest and die after a couple of hard freezes. Here is more information for you:

http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/bhornets.html
and
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2006/oct/070901.htm

Do you have any photos?

 
thanks for the info!
I was afraid to try and get too close as it is buried inside thick branches of the Holly. I guess I'll wait til 1st frost and see if I can get close enough and they are gone, to remove and save it.
How can I send or show the picture to you?
Many thanks again, Gary

 
PHOTOS
Yeah, these nests make interesting conversation pieces when hung in a person's home or office! :)

I wish you the best of luck in collecting the nest. I hope that you get it intact. Please keep me posted. Thanks!

You can send pics here: hornetboy1970@yahoo.com

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