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Bald-Faced Hornet Nest Built On House

Photo of bald-faced hornet nest built on house
Bald-faced hornet nests are usually built high in trees, or in shrubs, but occasionally they are built on human buildings. Aggressive nest defense makes these wasps a stinging threat, but like all wasps, bald-faced hornets do much that benefits human interests and should not be destroyed indiscriminately. More

Bald-Faced Hornet Nest Interior, Showing Paper Layers

Photo of interior of bald-faced hornet nest showing paper layers
Bald-faced hornet nests are made of wood pulp (literally paper). These wasps chew wood, mixing it with starches in their saliva, and use this substance to construct the nest. Nests eventually have several layers of horizontal comb enclosed by an outer envelope. More

Bald-Faced Hornet Nest Opening

Photo of opening to bald-faced hornet nest
The colonies of social insects such as these have been called “superorganisms”: The division of labor is greatly specialized, individuals cannot survive on their own, and it takes the efforts of the entire colony in order to reproduce itself. More

Banded Longhorn

image of Banded Longhorn on a wild rose
The banded longhorn beetle (Typocerus velutinus) is in a group called flower longhorns. Note the rusty color, yellow bands, and black antennae. This is a common species. Look for adults in fields and other open places where flowers are blooming, and also around lights at night. The larvae feed on decaying oak and hickory wood. More

Banded Pennant, Male

Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly
The banded pennant, Celithemis fasciata, is a small dragonfly (to about 1½ inch long) with distinctive black markings and reddish eyes. More

Banded Tiger Moth

Photo of a Banded Tiger Moth
Apantesis vittata
The striking pattern on tiger moths tells predators that these insects are inedible. But what serves as a “warning label” to birds is attractive to us! More