Sunday, November 18, 2012
Flying Squirrels and Hornet's Nests
The bottom part of the nest had fallen off and was on the ground beneath it. Not unusual, since woodpeckers, Chickadees, and other hungry animals rip holes in the nest to eat the wasp larvae and pupae that remain after the adult wasps die from cold and lack of flower nectar food.
But this piece of nest was different. In the middle of what had been the bottom of the nest was a pile of Flying Squirrel droppings, a few sprigs of moss, and Flying Squirrel hair.
Notice the droppings to lower left, hair to lower right, and moss at top.