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Nest of Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata).  The gray paper textured ball attached to the tree over the water is a Bald-faced Hornet’s nest.  “The paper-like nests are made of chewed wood fiber mixed with saliva” (Donald Lewis) and “one nest may hold up to 700 hornets” (FCPS).  The nests also make a good shelter for spiders and other insects in the winter (FCPS).  Only the queen survives the winter, and in the spring she begins a new nest. 

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes