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Aerial yellowjacket nest  (<em>Dolichovespula arenaria</em>)
18-JUL-2012 Christine Hanrahan

Aerial yellowjacket nest (Dolichovespula arenaria)

The common yellowjackets that we see most often, almost always nest underground, sometimes in logs, sometimes in holes in concrete steps. But this species, typically makes a paper nest that is hung from a tree, sometimes underneath a deck or from a man-made structure. The nest is much smaller than that of the bald-faced hornet, our other common species that makes a big aerial paper nest. When they nest in small numbers as here, these wasps are not very aggressive. I was within about 10 feet taking photos; however, if I'd knocked the nest or disturbed it in some way, I'm sure they wouldn't have been happy and might have let me know!

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Jean D22-Jul-2012 01:37
Nice find and image. Thanks for the captioned info, Christine. ~V
The Heritage man20-Jul-2012 15:41
I accidentally disturbed a nest some years ago and had to run.
Karen Stuebing19-Jul-2012 22:09
I ran a lawn mower over a nest and got stung 30 times. This is interesting though. It does look like a hornet's nest. I generally co exist with any kind of outside insect when possible. Great information and capture. V.
janescottcumming19-Jul-2012 20:18
Nice shot and presentation of this nest. However I am not a fan of these guys ever since I stepped in a nest when I was a kid!
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