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Bald Faced Hornets Eat Greenhouse

May 13, 2013

Bald Faced Hornets Eat Greenhouse!

It sounds like a sci-fi movie title, right? Well, actually it’s happening right now. In my garden. As I type this.

Bald Faced Hornet on Greenhouse

Bald Faced Hornet Harvesting Wood From Our Greenhouse doorway

Over the past week I’ve been getting buzzed by all sorts of bees in the garden. And, this hornet is definitely the one I most want to leave alone; hence the not-terribly-great close-up photo.

She’s zoomed past me a few times — almost flying into my face once — but she hasn’t chased at all. That being said, I’m steering clear of her wood harvesting spot on the south door of my greenhouse.

Hornets chew up wood, mix it with their spit and then build their papery nests out of the mixture. In the garden, they’re demolishing a rotting nurse log and now chewing tracks into the greenhouse wooden frame.

She then flies southwest and away from my garden. So far, it seems only one bee at a time shows up for the harvesting, and the nest she’s building must be in a neighbor’s yard.

Honestly, really don’t want them nesting here. And, I’d rather they find another building material source. Being the lumberyard for hornets has never been one of my gardening and bee habitat-building goals.

(Update Spring 2014: Over the past winter, during garden clean up, we found a small paper nest that fell from a tree. Perhaps it was hers. After she chewed up the greenhouse for a week or so, we never saw her again, and it didn’t seem her brood was set up in our garden.

Read more information about managing hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets by getting the queen early in the season.)


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  1. […] spring, you may see solitary, giant versions of all kinds of bees stumbling out of mulch piles, chewing on garden wood, or even showing up inside your bedroom. These giants are likely queens that have overwintered and […]

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