National Geographic : 1937 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE IN JUNE-THE INSIDE OF A HORNETS' NEST, SEEN THROUGH A WINDOWPANE Each tiny white sac holds a pupa that will soon emerge as a full-grown white-faced hornet (Plate V, upper). The striped face of the queen peers out above the brood. The arrows in the two pictures indicate the same point to show the growth of the nest. Photographs by Edwin L. Wisherd IN AUGUST-THE SAME NEST, GREATLY EXPANDED BUT DESERTED Now the cells are dry and empty, for, as autumn approaches, the mother ceases egg-laying and all of the hornets abandon the nest. The workers and males die during the winter, but the females survive by hiding under stones or thick tree bark. Each founds a new colony in the spring. This hornet community flourished on the window of a Maryland house (opposite page).