Uhmmmm - had I known this yesterday I probably wouldn't have been sticking my camera under the hose hangar in my backyard. And unfortunately, since this is near a water spigot that I will probably be using daily to water my vegetable garden, it's going to have to go. Or at least Mr. Hornet is.
I am of two minds on this - while I don't want to be stung, this hornet "home" is absolutely a beautiful work of art. Isn't it incredible how even a small insect can create something so delicate and colorful with only wood and saliva? It's about the size of a tennis ball or maybe just a little smaller. Most nests are much bigger than this one and oval-shaped so it makes one wonder - was Mr. Hornet was just making a condo for himself? Not only that but it appears to have a double wall for protection from the elements. And I wonder how it's attached to the hose hangar!