Hornet nest

Finally, some photos again. Originally, I wanted to post them the beginning of August, however, the Xerox saga came in between, so there was no time to develop them. As a result, I post the gallery of photos I took from a hornet nest now. The hornets made theirselves at home in a bird box; however, it seems that it's too warm for them in there, as they rotate in cooling the nest down by creating an air stream with their wings (clearly to be seen on some photos).

Another funny behavior, as well clearly to be seen on some photos, is that hornets sitting in the nest entrance “wave” to landing nest-mates by pointing their front legs towards them. Maybe, some of you is an hornet expert and able to shed light on why they exhibit this. All photos, parts of them in wonderful evening sunlight, were shot with a Nikon D90 and the Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR lense – completely zoomed towards the long end, from a respectful distance of two meters, using a tripod.

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