An innocent clean up of the flower garden turned nasty this morning. I had missed a spot in one of the flower gardens a week ago and decided to clean it up. All went well at first.
Do you see the small hole near the shadow at the bottom left of the photo? Do you see some black and yellow objects near the hole? I didn't!
The small yellow and black objects brought themselves to my attention in the way they knew best, stinging! My hand is still paining me now, four hours later. It appears that Yellow Jacket Hornets like nesting in the ground but do not like being disturbed. They can "sting repeatedly at the least provocation" according to The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders. Just imagine what they can do if one runs a hand cultivator over the entrance way to their nest. It seems to be the case that hand cultivators are a bit more than "least provocation."
Two hours later, Fleur-Ange found this wasp nest hanging in a small tree.
She used the telephoto part of the camera to get this photo. It's not as clear as we would like but it will do for today.