This happened five years ago; Facebook reminded me. I just had to share it here! LOL
Oct. 27, 2012
On the way home from the field trip yesterday, just at the end of our road, I saw a HUGE hornets’ nest about six inches off the ground (seriously, this thing was about 18″ – 24″ tall and great big around as well). I asked my Dad about it, and he called me later and said he got out of his car, whacked it with a stick (is that a guy thing b/c I would NEVER whack a bees’ nest with a stick!!! LOL), and it was empty.
I decided I wanted it so I could do a school lesson with it. I showed it to Ted Hollingshead today, and when we returned from Christmas shopping, he got big tree branch loppers out and cut it down for me and set it in the van. Part of the branch was still coming out of the top so I was holding it steady from the front passenger’s seat when I SAW A HORNET FALL OUT OF IT AND MOVE AROUND!!!!
I was screaming for him to stop, and I’m sure he thought I was nuts, but I was going to bail out of the moving vehicle until he finally stopped, and I jumped out of it. He opened the door, and he said it was just one – until he moved the nest and several more were starting to crawl out!!! Needless to say, he threw the nest into the weeds, and I have no hornets’ nest for a cool science lesson.
It was a great idea, though, and I still can’t believe we had a live hornets’ nest in our van driving around with it (I need to mention Ted has always supported my crazy ideas if they’re homeschooling related; tomorrow I’ll tell you all about the “dead” bat he caught for homeschool!).