As I was doing some bamboo rhizome pruning in the rock-hard ground yesterday, I noticed something cool: pieces of a bee nest! (I almost called it "honeycomb" but I don't know if that's technically correct since this isn't from a honeybee hive.)
My first thought was that it had fallen from one of the bamboos above me. Then I looked around a little more...
And found several more pieces:
Quite cool! Where did they come from?
Actually, the answer was obvious:
There was a pretty large hole dug into the ground, making me think that this was a yellow jacket nest. I wonder who dug it up though? Raccoon? Skunk? Opossum?
The back of the brood combs (which is what these must be, right?) has a great texture to it:
And several little bumps:
That must be where the combs were attached, right?
I stuck a bamboo rhizome into the hole to see how deep it was, but a couple of yellow jackets flew out so I ran away -- fast! (I've gotten stung by these guys once this year already!)
I didn't know that a nest was over here, so I'm glad that somebody took care of it for me. How do I get them to find the other nest now?