Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Daily Farm Photo: 9/7/05


The Hornets Have Been Busy

Click on "The Hornets" above to see where they were a month ago. To see a series of photos of this amazing creation and learn about its builders, please click here. My apologies to those who are creeped out by this picture, but I couldn't resist sharing it. I find it fascinating.

14 comments:

  1. great photo!!!!
    I love it :)
    not creepy at all :)

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  2. Me, too. I'll check the photos later today--it would also be cool if you posted what you know about how the hornets build this (hint, hint).

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  3. Hello "La Fermière"
    Back from Normandy and couldn't resist saying hello (I've got your message about my dear tomatoes, thanks a lot, I'll write a bit longer later)
    It's a bitter "souvenir", one of those hornets bit me last year, I don't know if the American ones are as virulent as ours on the Old Continent but I sure do remember it (When having dinner, keep your shoes on or look first inside just in case!) But I must recognize they do a marvellous architectural job !

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  4. Wow thats one big nest! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.

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  5. Amazing picture!! A little creepy indeed, but beautiful.

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  6. Wow!! Very cool. (as long as it's not in my back yard....)

    -Elizabeth

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  7. Okay, I gotta interrupt this lovely post to say:

    Go make Barbara's (from Winos & Foodies) English Muffins recipe - tonight! Tomorrow you will love yourself!! I brought them to work and you'd think I brought them the recipe for making fire and water.

    I converted her measurements here however I must warn you that I altered her recipe and she uses better ingredients and has waaay better instructions. Oh, and better photos too.

    Susan: I'm so sorry for hijacking your blog! *hehe* But I'm now an English Muffin Evangelist and I must make you all believers!

    Have a great day ya'll!

    *Cherrybegonia grins a toothy wide grin*

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  8. P.S. Susan, that hornets nest is HUGE! And very scary! When they are done with it you should use it for halloween! :-)

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  9. Hi Clare,
    Thanks!

    Hi Amy,
    Yes, I finally did a little research on hornets--fascinating!

    Hi Flo,
    So nice to hear from you. Good advice about the shoes and hornets!

    Hi Joe,
    They're up!

    Hi Anne,
    I agree--amazing and beautiful. But definitely a little creepy hanging right outside the back door! : )

    Hi Elizabeth,
    Yep. (See above.)

    Hi Cherrybegonia,
    Hmmmm. So I stop the spam and my blog gets hijacked. I suppose since it was in the name of bread. . . (and I actually have been wanting to make English muffins since reading Sam's post on Becks & Posh.)

    Re your P.S.: I'm not sure what we're going to do with the nest when they're done with it (now that I know they won't be reusing it next year). Maybe just leave it where it is. Will have to think about that.

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  10. What a beautiful hive those hornets have constructed.

    Here at Earth Home Garden we have Red Wood Ants that construct huge mounds from pine-needles and wood debris.

    Very fascinating as well...

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  11. Those white-face nests are cool. We have had a couple of them, over the years, and they have never, ever stung any of us. One got in the house one time, and I went looking for the Fantastic (spray stingy-things with it and they die). When I saw her next, she had a fly she had caught. I opened the window for her!

    I saw a pic once where someone had offered white-faces colored paper. They had made their nest out of the various colors. If we ever get another group of them, I will be following suit.

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  12. I forgot to say -- critters will bust into the nest to eat (the larvae?). Neither of our nests survived an entire season intact.

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  13. hi does anyone know where to place construction paper or how near to a hornets nest for them to use it?
    thanks
    fostina
    i have one up above the window and i have put construction paper out of window ..sticking under the screen with closed window...and locked lol will this work?

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  14. Hi Fostina,Sorry, but I have no clue about the construction paper - but maybe somebody does. Good luck! : )

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