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Hornet hive

Friends Carol Tewksbury and June Brunett were out Tuesday when they spotted this large hive north of Cedar Springs.

June took a photo of it, and Carol sent it to us. “This is on the north side of Egner Rd. just off Cedar Springs Avenue,” wrote Carol. “The hive hangs over the road and it’s an impressive sight.” 

We asked our local nature expert, Ranger Steve Mueller, what kind of hive he thought it might be.

“This is a hornet’s or yellow jacket’s nest,” he wrote. “The nest increases in size all summer. But with fall cold, all members of the colony die except for the queen that will over winter in a protected location like under bark or in ground burrow. Usually, yellow jackets are considered to have ground nests, and hornets have their nests suspended from branches or under building eves. The hornets and yellow jackets are somewhat difficult to separate. Hornets are insect predators that help control insects from becoming too abundant.”

Thank you to Carol and June, for sending us the photo!

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