The Hornet’s Nest

By Ralphien Major

They typically make their homes in trees.  Made of thin layers of paper-like material, they are usually grayish in color.  In comparison to the nest of the red wasp, a hornet’s nest is an oval shape and much larger.  Many times, a huge hornet’s nest can be seen hanging in the distance from a tree limb.

I was alerted recently to a hornet’s nest hanging—not from a tree limb—but from an outdoor light pole that is currently not in use.  The carefully constructed nest looked like it was part of the light fixture itself.  There was no sign of even one hornet, but the nest was enough evidence that the hornets were nearby.  Fall’s first freeze will likely bring an end to the hornets for this year, leaving the nest as a reminder of their appearance in summer.

The early morning hours are already bringing a hint of fall to the air.  Most area schools have started, football is again the subject of conversations, and fall festivals are being put on calendars.  Enjoy these last days of summer while they are here—and be safe!

Words of Faith: “Moreover the Lord thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.” Deuteronomy 7:20 (KJV).