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23-MAR-2012 Christine Hanrahan


These are the cells of a Bald-faced hornet nest. The nests are abandoned in autumn and eventually fall down, or are torn apart by birds or animals looking for any edible remains inside. It struck me today, when I found this one, that the shape of the cells is quite remarkable. And look how intricate and how even they are! All this made by the wasps chewing wood fibres and slowly and laboriously building these large structures in which to rear their young. Really, it is remarkable.

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slhoornstra30-Mar-2012 03:11
Fabulous detail and artistic presentation. BV
Mairéad28-Mar-2012 20:26
A great close-up of an amazing structure. V
Cindi Smith27-Mar-2012 22:29
Bald faced hornets? Never heard of them. They make a cool nest for sure. Cool closeup! V
wernere0125-Mar-2012 22:39
Terrific find and superb shot. v
Janet Donnelly25-Mar-2012 18:34
This really gives me something to seriously think about! Great find!
Ann...25-Mar-2012 09:05
Nature is so very wonderful - excellent close up and I'm glad that the Hornets were not at home!
Mieke WA Minkjan25-Mar-2012 06:31
indeed a quite remarkable construction and so well seen by you Christine V
Barbara Heide24-Mar-2012 22:05
great effect!
Karen Stuebing24-Mar-2012 21:47
Beautiful natural pattern of cylinders. Amazing when you think this was made by an insect not someone with a plan, tools and tape measure. I guess we imitate nature in many ways and not as well. Thought proving photo. V.
maggie_falconi24-Mar-2012 20:00
Wow, fantastic shapes Christine!!!!
Brenda24-Mar-2012 17:09
So intricate and beautiful...from a distance!
Norman Richard24-Mar-2012 15:12
the first paper! V
laine24-Mar-2012 14:13
and they do it without us even noticing,which is another remarkable thing
Sheila24-Mar-2012 11:03
It certainly is. I never cease to be amazed.
A wonderful shot, Christine.
Stephanie24-Mar-2012 10:49
I've always thought these are amazing works of art! This is a beautiful capture Christine! V
Laryl24-Mar-2012 06:26
I have never understood how they can be so precise with the construction of hives.. something so large compared to them, yet they build with apparent ease .. amazing
Yvonne24-Mar-2012 06:25
Certainly is remarkable, a one-off image for sure Christine! v
J. Scott Coile24-Mar-2012 04:38
Aren't you glad they're empty.
Pat nighswander24-Mar-2012 04:29
Great close up work....Beautiful light and composition.
teachpeace24-Mar-2012 03:14
Remarkable, indeed.
Frank Brault24-Mar-2012 03:04
It makes a terrific graphical abstract. Nature is truly amazing. V
Jim Coffman24-Mar-2012 02:14
They are master builders! Nice capture!
Mildred Alpern24-Mar-2012 02:06
Yes, hexagonal they are, quite an amazing find.
LynnH24-Mar-2012 01:53
I'm always amazed at these structures and the hexagon shapes. Excellent closeup. V
Brett Corbin24-Mar-2012 01:13
Find any honey?
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