A couple of weeks ago Norm Sunderland was mowing his yard when he noticed an unusal cone in an aspen tree at his home near Read. It turned out to be a hive of baldfaced hornets. According to the Iowa State University entomology website, the hornets are related to yellow jackets and paper wasps. The wasps build their hive of paper-like material made from chewed wood fibers. A single opening at the bottom allows the hornets to fly in and out, and inside are three to four tiers of combs. A colony ranges from 100 to 400 hornets by the end of summer. In the fall, males and new queens are produced. These leave the nest, mate and the fertilized queens hibernate over winter and start new hives in the spring. The hornets at the old hive will die when temperatures drop below freezing, leaving only the unique paper structure to remind us of another of nature’s wonders.