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Active Dolichovespula maculata nest - Dolichovespula maculata

Active Dolichovespula maculata nest - Dolichovespula maculata
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 14, 2011
Came across this nest while strolling through a local cemetery. It was very large and very beautiful! The hornets were going in-and-out of the side (vents?) as well as the main entrance hole. Being that it was a hot day and they were VERY active around the nest, I didn't get any closer than this for fear of making them angry...they "fired a few warning shots across my bow" occasionally while I took shots (individuals saw me and flew directly at me from the nest, either just checking me out as a new presence, or to warn me to stay away, or both)

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Active Dolichovespula maculata nest - Dolichovespula maculata Active Dolichovespula maculata nest - Dolichovespula maculata

Great shots!
This one is truly beautiful. I can only hope I get one of these on my own tombstone one day :P

 
Agreed!
I've never seen a nest quite like this one. It was so artistic!
I should be so lucky to have my grave graced as such.

I did, however, warn the maintenance crew that it was there. They were using gas-powered weed-wackers to keep the greens tidy around the cemetery and were starting to come into this area. I told them it might not be such a good idea! They agreed, LOL

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