MASSIVE Bald Faced Hornet Wasp Nest 22" Tall -- On Stand & Pristine Condition For Sale
MASSIVE Bald Faced Hornet Wasp Nest 22" Tall -- On Stand & Pristine Condition:
Absolutely MASSIVE bald faced hornet nest.
- Harvested in Eastern Massachusetts. It was removed to begin the drying and mounting process at the earliest possible date that was safe (after freezing temperatures had killed the hornets). It had no exposure to predators that could cause damage.
- I have been told by wasp enthusiasts that it is one of the best specimens they have seen. It has the classic strawberry shape with the entrance at the very tip. The paper has a pronounced spiral pattern that is better than other nests I have seen.
- The nest is 22 inches tall and 42 inches around. This is essentially the maximum size for these except for incredibly rare instances. You can see the yardstick and football for scale. It is the largest I have been able to find for sale.
- The nest is mounted on a stand -- the two sticks coming out of the top are the original ones that held the nest to a tree branch. This would be an excellent addition to a science room or man cave. If you want to hang the nest, there are two screws that can be removed from the horizontal branch.
- The only modification to the nest itself is wood glue injected under the paper around the two sticks to guarantee extra stability. The sticks are attached to the horizontal branch with wood glue and metal pins.
- This nest has been inspected with an endoscopic camera. There are still fully-developed wasps poking out of their cells inside. I would be happy to provide video taken after the interior was sprayed upon request.
- A bit about bald faced hornet nests:
Colonies contain 400 to 700 workers, the largest recorded colony size in its genus.
D. maculata creates egg-shaped, paper nests up to 360mm (14in) in diameter and 580mm (23in) in length. Nests are layered hexagonal combs covered by a mottled gray paper envelope. Bald-faced hornets create this paper envelope by collecting and chewing naturally occurring fibers. The wood fiber mixes with their saliva to become a pulpy substance that they can then form into place. Their aggressive defensive nature makes them a threat to humans who wander too close to a nest or when a nest is constructed too close to human habitation. They vigorously defend the nest, with workers stinging repeatedly, as is common among social bees and wasps.