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Old 07-27-2013, 10:46 AM   #12351
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Wow! You'll have to save it when it's abandoned. A friend collects old hornet nests, they're pretty cool.
They are cool. I hated having to spray that nest, but it was on our tiny patio and I had already been stung 12 times when we discovered it.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:51 AM   #12352
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so, where do the hornets get their masking tape or plaster of paris from? no, seriously, what is their nest material like? is it hard, strong, pretty, or intricate inside, what?

that is one cool outfit stirling was wearing! i'll bet he enjoyed dressing up too, right?
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:00 AM   #12353
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so, where do the hornets get their masking tape or plaster of paris from? no, seriously, what is their nest material like? is it hard, strong, pretty, or intricate inside, what?

that is one cool outfit stirling was wearing! i'll bet he enjoyed dressing up too, right?
Here ya go, Vit:

http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/bhornets.html
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:00 AM   #12354
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It's like paper, Vit. Crisp paper.
I'm not sure what they eat to be able to make it.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:02 AM   #12355
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It's like paper, Vit. Crisp paper.
I'm not sure what they eat to be able to make it.
The article I attached (I see we posted at the same time!) says it's chewed wood pulp.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:13 AM   #12356
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Yeah, I just read that.
I wonder where they go for the wood? You would think the tree would appear damaged if it was the same tree.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:05 PM   #12357
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One article said the queen gets wood from fences, logs, and cardboard.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:16 PM   #12358
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thanks, dawg. who knew, you can get an education here at dc....:)
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:22 PM   #12359
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Hope Stirling was able to get out of that garb!
I had to help. I helped him get into it.
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That's hilarious, Linda!
Are you sure you just didn't dress him up like that for a photo op?
No, I had been stung 12 times and it had made me ill. I was concerned. On the other hand, Stirling thinks it was for the photo op.
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I use drione dust. That's what I hit the one with in the first post here. It will be interesting to see if I need to hit this one more than once because of it's size. And if the hornets scramble to get their young out like before. For some reason the dust didn't kill the larvae.

And I'll probably leave it there. The one is still hanging onto the eave of my chicken coop and nothing has tried to build another hive there.

It would be a good use for my torch though
I guess the empty nest scares off other insects.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:40 PM   #12360
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....I had Stirling do it, all wrapped up and with all but his eyes covered. Turned out that it wasn't necessary.

Nice. "Sunday Best", right?
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