Photographed in New Bedford, Massachusetts, by Harvard University, Dept. of Environmental Health and Safety entomologist/environmental biologist, Dr. Gary Alpert, this image depicted a newly begun, 'initial' 'Bald-faced' hornet, Dolichovespula maculata, nest. Bald-faced hornets are common in both wooded and urban areas in New England. A 'carton nest', which is more or less a 'nest within a nest', as seen in this image, a queen starts a new nest each spring after the weather warms up in late April or May.
CDC/ Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert
December 3, 2012
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