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Badland wasp/hornet nest - closeup - Dolichovespula maculata

Badland wasp/hornet nest - closeup - Dolichovespula maculata
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada
August 2, 2008
I am sorry for the fuzzy shot. I was on a tour and took a hurried handheld shot. It does show basically what type of wasp/hornet it was but the detail is poor. My new year resolution is to concentrate more on making better pictures :)

My guess here is that this is a Bald-faced Hornet. I base this guess on the lack of white makings on the middle of its body.

*** Correction *** this is a sandstone cliff in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

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Badland wasp/hornet nest - closeup - Dolichovespula maculata Badland wasp/hornet nest - Dolichovespula maculata

new to this site-hive 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^

Wrong place to ask this
Gary ....this is not the place to ask such a question as it has nothing to do with my image.

I suggest you take a picture of your insect nest, post it for identification and then discuss your situation.

Moved from ID Request.

Detail of the photo does not matter a whole lot in this case
This is a very interesting find and it is good that you were able to document it. It is without a doubt D. maculata, the bald faced hornet like you said. But the nesting situation is very unusual. The nest appears to be attached either to bare soil or to a root in the soil, both of which are unusual for Dolichovespula. Underground nests of D. arenaria have been documented but it is even more unusual in maculata. And the wasps are possibly excavating around the nest?

I am sorry for the confusing
I am sorry for the confusing start....this is a sandstone cliff, not soil as I earlier implied. There would be no anchoring root involved here and though the sandstone is friable I am not sure the hornet would be digging around in it. I describe my location better in the comments of the other picture.

Thank you for the confirmation.

Bald-faced Hornet, Dolichovespula maculata
Looks like to me too, but best to wait for the wasp experts.

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