Sunday, August 9, 2009

Wasps or Hornets?

I was walking down my driveway and just happened to look up into this tree. What on earth is that big huge grey blob?
I had my suspicious, but took out the step ladder anyway to get a closer pic. Ah yes, tiny wasps coming and going - out of that hole at the bottom left side. This must be the month for wasps, as several of my blogging friends have posted about wasps.

The strange thing was, I hadn't noticed that there were any more wasps than usual flying around the yard.

" You got up on our rickety step ladder to photograph a wasp's nest?" asked Hubby.
"Yup."
"That's dangerous!"
"I guess, but I'm o.k. Besides, now you know how I felt when you used to get up on that rickety old thing and trim hedges!"

Think we should get a new ladder?

19 comments:

Grammy said...

Oh Wendy that is a hornet nest. TheY will CHASE YOU UP TO A MILE. be VERY CAREFUL.

Kanak Hagjer said...

What lengths, or should I say heights, we can go to, just to get a better look/shot!! The nest looks fascinating but the thought of being stung---OUCH!!!

Maggie May said...

Sometimes safety goes out of the window when there is a good photo at the end of it.
A new pair of steps would be best though!
Aren't wasps nests beautiful? Pity such horrible creatures live in them though!

amelia said...

I guess wasps have their purpose as it seems that everything does but I'm sure we could live without them too!!
You are brave taking this pic, I hope you didn't get stung!!

Q said...

Wasp's nest are incredible. This appears to be a Hornet's nest but I do not know for sure. It is very cool. I do KNOW to be respectful of all the wasps.
Perhaps after a good hard and long freeze it would be safe to take it down. Perhaps you will have a new step ladder to do so!
All creatures great and small....
With great respect...
Sherry

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy....I noticed a previous comment said it was a hornets nest....I have hornets in the garden all the time, and have not found them to be a problem.

I must say I think it is a wonderful work of art. All those tiny pieces of wood.....amazing.

Do be careful on the step ladder, I have had many a near miss when I climb mine. Learn by my mistakes......

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Wendy, OOPS---I see that big nest. I've never seen one in a tree before like that... (Or maybe I just haven't looked up!!! ha)

We have the same rickity step ladder that you do...I won't get on it. It belonged to my dad---so who knows how old it is...

Hugs,
Betsy

Wendy said...

Hi Grammy, Oh, I didn't know the difference. They don't bother me. And I'm not planning to take the nest down. It really is a work of art. Thanks for letting me know it is a hornet nest. It's really big!

Hi Kanak, no I wasn't worried about getting stung. I don't think they felt threatened by me. And didn't even come close to investigate. I did use the zoom lens on my camera. It is an unusual sight, though. And I'm glad I got a pic of it.

Hi Maggie May, yes, we do need a new set of steps. But I just don't think of it unless I'm using this old ladder - and it's not too often. I agree - the hornets or wasps are rather nasty.

Hi Amelia - nope. Did not get stung. That would have made me leave in a hurry!

Hi Sherry, you are right - respect is the key word here. I don't think I will take it down. They are not bothering me, as the nest is up in a tree beside the driveway. And we have a loooong driveway. I just think it's rather beautiful. And (thanks to you and others) I am much more aware of nature's creations.

Hi Cheryl, thank you for the advice. I will be careful. And I agree - it is a beautiful creation of art. Wood? I didn't know it was made of wood. I think I'll google hornet's nest and see what comes up!

Hi Betsy, I've never seen a nest like this either. I thought my ladder was old - yours must be older. LOL! I don't blame you for staying off it.

JeanMac said...

Hi Wendy,
Scary nest and scary ladder! Take care, my friend.

Rose said...

I'm glad you didn't get in any closer, Wendy! The things we do for a creative blog post:) I was just thinking this yesterday as I was taking photos of a caterpillar in the garden...five years ago, I would have thought someone crazy for taking pictures of a caterpillar or a hornets' nest; now I see them both as a thing of beauty.

Ruth said...

Wow! That looks exactly like the one I saw. You have to admire the architecture.

Abba's Girl said...

That is 1 serious looking hornet's nest, I have not seen 1 in years. Great pics.

Mark said...

Funny, discovery of wasps leads to realization that new ladder is needed. Thanks for sharing!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Wendy, Me again!!! If you get a chance, check out my yesterday's and today's blogs. I wrote "MY" story --and you might enjoy reading it.
Hugs,
Betsy

Shammickite said...

I think it's a hornets nest, so watch out! They can be quite aggressive at times. There are paper hornets nest shapes available in the shops, you hang them in a tree and the hornets will not nest near them.
I've been away on vacation so just checking up and catching up on posts. The grandchildren are delightful!

Bird said...

What a fantastic find! And wasps and hornets are great gardeners, they will rid your plants of many pests. I'm glad you are more fascinated than scared. Speaking for myself, as I am scared of heights I'd be more afraid of the ladder :D

Found your blog through Michelle of Rambling woods - I'm glad I did!

Randy Emmitt said...

Wendy,

My first time here! Your right sort of on both counts. That is a Bald-faced Hornet nest. And even though they are called hornets they are in fact yellow-jacket type wasps. I looked them up last month as we have a nest on the arm of our satellite dish. They stayed about 2 weeks and left for some reason.

Mimi said...

super neat post, Wendy!

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