Two weeks ago, as I was pulling into the driveway at 7:30 am, I saw something on the ground out of the corner of my eye. Where did that big rock come from? I wondered. A moment later, I realized it was actually a gigantic hornet’s nest, not a rock. There are often swarms of hornets on the school grounds, and in fact the summer camp reported over 40 stings in July and August, so the nest must have been the culprit. It was lying on the ground – whether it fell or was removed was unclear.
Mr. Sturgeon took it into his office, which was promptly besieged by dozens of angry hornets. He then put it in a garbage bag in the staff room freezer for two weeks to kill any latent eggs or hornets (we hope!) and now it’s at the library centre for this week’s activity. Later this week we will open it up and examine the insides! If you’re curious about how wasps and hornets make their homes, and what they’re like on the inside, come to the Library.
Here is a short time-lapse video of hornets building a nest: