This past spring we noticed a petite nest being constructed inside an azalea bush in our front yard. It was no bigger than an orange at the time...as the days went by it increased in size daily.
The wasps that resided there were prolific in their construction and it soon ballooned into a large bulbous community that hummed and vibrated in the heat of the summer sun.
We made a sign to warn visitors so no one would get caught off guard and stung by our busy, buzzy friends. As summer waned and fall set in the occupants moved on and abandoned the nest. This week I carefully removed the nest from the bush. I carefully examined the construction and beauty of the architecture. The striations throughout the surface are magnificent. It was a delight to photograph.