If you look closely in the center of this photo, you can see what I think is a bald faced hornet, which can be a nasty piece of business if you get one riled. But this one was busy and didn’t pay any attention to the two warm-blooded mammals sitting in comfy chairs on a shady porch not five feet away.
The tree the hornet is on stands in front of the cabin on the southwest corner. It’s a double-trunked tree, and I thought that by now it would be dead since the cabin’s slab rests on its roots. But the builder assured me it would survive, and it has, so that’s a good thing. And as I think of it right now, I can’t even tell you what kind of tree it is. Hmmm.
Anyway, a great deal of sap was running down the side of the tree on our last visit. I suspect some woodpecker had bored some holes in it higher up, either to get an insect or to attract insects to harvest later. I don’t know what that woodpecker would think of this hornet and the others that were with it.
They were busy, apparently drinking the sap, and gave no mind the the fellow with the camera getting in their business. That’s also a good thing.
Good for the hornets, but I hope the tree will be fine. If it did die, it would be a mess to get out of there without damaging the cabin some.
You can see one of the two trunks of the tree in this photo. It’s on the left inside the stone wall. The trunk that had the hornets on it is behind that white oak tree trunk in the foreground.