How Do Hornets Make Their Nests?

The hornet queen starts the hive's nest. She uses her mandibles to scrap away pieces of wood fiber from any available source. The scrapings are then broken down by a mixture of saliva and water inside the queen's mouth. After a site is chosen for the nest, the queen uses the pulp formed inside of her mouth to create a base on a sheltered support structure to suspend the nest.

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