A Bald-Faced Wasp Nest (Four Photographs)

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We parked the car where we normally do and as I was setting up my camera I noticed this incredible nest hanging high on a branch over the road. The nest was itself amazing, and it was maintained up until the colony died in late September. While I was interested in the patterns of the nest, the bald-faced wasps (I hope I have the name right) were also interesting and I focused on them coming and going from the nest. Over three or four days I took as many shots as my arm holding the heavy camera and lens could take. I picked these four because they had the best detail. As the nest was high up it was hard to get shots of the relatively tiny insects but then one does not want to get too close to a nest like this, as the wasps will defend it to the death.




21 responses

  1. Excellent shots, but you did get really close! Well done.


    February 22, 2017 at 3:28 am

  2. Amazing!


    February 22, 2017 at 3:33 am

  3. Amazing images. The wasps look larger than life and I’d certainly be avoiding close proximity to this nest.


    February 22, 2017 at 3:53 am

  4. Great shots!
    These guys are actually not that aggressive, but yes, don’t mess with the nest. They are very beneficial insects. They pollinate and eat other dangerous insects.
    I love their little faces!


    February 22, 2017 at 6:33 am

  5. Excellent work. The nest looks fascinating. I’ve never seen a wasps’ nest like that.


    February 22, 2017 at 6:55 am

  6. bkcitta

    Whoa!! Great job getting such detailed results!!


    February 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

  7. Amazingly beautiful – and amazingly beautiful shots. (Well, not that amazing beautiful for you because you’re good, but in the general scheme of things…..)


    February 22, 2017 at 12:17 pm

  8. Fascinating, and great shots.


    February 22, 2017 at 7:02 pm

  9. They look a bit like Imperial soldiers, don’t you think? 😉 I love the patterns in the nest and the first closeup is a rare sight. As you said, one wisely never gets close enough to see such detail!

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    February 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm

  10. Wonderful looking nest, you managed some great shots


    February 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm

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