The last few days, Steve and I have remarked about a couple of things, hornet nests and leaf-roller spiders. As luck would have it, I had a chance yesterday to photograph both subjects here in the yard.
The first we discussed was hornets. While our new heating/cooling system was being installed last week, I bumped into our rhododendron by the front door and stirred up a hornets’ nest. No harm done, but I decided to capture one of the little occupants at her own doorway.
Bald-faced hornet-Dolichovespula maculata. I did not photograph the entire nest, but here is one from a past colony in one of our forsythias.
In case you are wondering, I photographed the hornet with my 100-400 zoom macro and still stayed far enough away so I needed to crop to get the image I envisioned. I’ve been stung enough to have learned what a respectful distance is.
Earlier in the day I noticed a milkweed leaf in an odd arrangement. Sure enough, A spider was webbing the leaf closed. I am guessing she was going to lay eggs in there but it may have just been shelter from the cool nights we are now having.
Nursery Web Spider-Pisaurina mira
I know little creepy crawlies aren’t always the most popular subjects, especially spiders, but I find insects fascinating and hope you enjoyed seeing them even if you don’t want to be near them. 🙂