What do you think is in this container?
If you guessed a bird family, that would have been logical…
But not correct.
Hornets built a nest inside…
a container in a container
Behind this post-
I suspect this is a bald-faced hornet nest. The following information was cut from source, 7/18/14: Wikipedia: Bald-faced hornet
The bald-faced hornet lives in North America, including southern Canada, the Rocky Mountains, the western coast of the United States, and most of the eastern US. It is most common in the southeastern United States.
A bald-faced hornet nest-
Each spring, queens that were born and fertilized at the end of the previous season begin new colonies. A queen selects a location for its nest, begins building it, lays a first batch of eggs and feeds this first group of larvae. These become workers and assume the chore of expanding the nest. They chew up wood, which mixes with a starch in their saliva. They then spread it around with their mandibles and legs, and it dries into a papery structure. The workers guard the nest and feed on nectar, tree sap and fruit pulp (particularly that of apples). They also prey on insects and other arthropods, chewing them up and feeding them to the larvae. They have been known to scavenge raw meat. In late summer and early fall, the queen begins to lay eggs which will become drones and new queens. After pupation, these fertile males and females fly off to mate and start new colonies.
As winter approaches, the wasps die, except the freshly fertilized queens. These hibernate underground, under logs or in hollow trees until spring. The nest is generally abandoned by winter, and will not be reused. When spring arrives, the young queens emerge and the cycle begins again.
The bald-faced hornet is considered useful by some people in that it preys on pest species of flies, caterpillars, and spiders. It is considered a pest itself, building hives of stinging insects near human habitation. It is a minor pollinator of some flowers.
Like other social wasps, bald-faced hornets have a caste system made up, in one nest, of the following:
Queen – the fertile female which starts the colony and lays eggs
Workers – infertile females which maintain the nest and young
Drones – males, which lack stingers, and are born from unfertilized eggs
New queens – fertile females, each of which may become a queen when fertilized and start a colony