Entomology (Study of Bugs)/strange cocoon

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Can you tell me what this is? I found this rather large thing in my tree in upstate New York.  The second image is one of several cocoons that werte in the big one.  Thank you.

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Hi Bonnie
It certainly looks like a paper wasp nest but it is atypical for bald faced hornets. I wish I could examine it up close. If it is a wasp nest in New York it has to be there from last season since the wasps would have died out except for the Queen I fso you can examine it closely.See if it is made of paper.  Did you just notice it or did it appear recently. You mentioned a second image. Do you have another photo. I need more information

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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