We do not have a barn, so everything we do on the farm is done in a series of small greenhouses with heavier, more opaque covers than the usual plant greenhouse. I milk our goats in one of them, and while I milk I hum a little, talk to the goat in question, and look around. I was not pleased last week to see this near the top of one of the supporting arch posts of the greenhouse, 5 or 6 feet away from the milking stand and our little operation:
I am a huge Star Wars fan, and like Leah, Han and Luke, was not overly pleased to see this under construction! I am not a fan of whitefaced hornets, or bald-faced hornets as they are called. It’s a beautiful little structure, but not welcome near our milking goats as they are tethered to the milk stand! I have been watching this thing for awhile now and told my husband that I don’t believe it’s active anymore. I milk twice a day and I spend quite a bit of time in there… no action. Until last evening as Sock Monkey was giving her all, I saw one crawl in there. I couldn’t believe that it would fit when it landed, as it is very small still, but it went right in. I was able to take a picture of the creature in there, and amazingly enough it’s visible in the picture!
I know that young wasps are being raised in there, but I am curious as to why the whole paper structure isn’t being enlargened by the hornets. If Darth Vader were still around I am sure it would be turning into a monster of a hive!