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  2. Amazing pictures.
  3. Hello everyone, I took some photos of all of my nests (at the time) back in earlyOctober of 2016. I have since acquired a V. squamosa nest which was not among the group of nests photographed but took photos at a later date and it is among the collection of photos here. That nest was attached to mulch and when I pulled it up at least a third of the envelope and all 5 combs came out intact and still attached from the original point of attachment (the mulch). You can see a queen was still on this nest after I collected it and brought it home. There were workers on the nest also but they all died by the time I took photos of the nest. I had it outside for a few nights and it got cold before I took it in for the photos and then boxed it away. The other nests include one D. maculata collected form a crab apple tree in a business park from late October 2013, a germanica yellow jacket nest collected in early November 2013 from a shed that was built inside of a cardboard box the nest on the right side in photo GOPR2000 & GOPR2009, a germanica nest that was built behind insulation and attached to the wooden flooring/ceiling of a customers basement in 2015 and survived and emitted many queens until late December of that year and this nest was ironically placed in a cardboard box which the wasps built the nest to fill the box in completely (seen in the background of photo GOPR2001, a flavopilosa nest that was dug up from a customers home in mid-September of 2015 and there were 14-16 queen pupal caps in an otherwise empty nest GOPR2002 and the color of the maculifrons queen and first worker construction is a different color, and a maculifrons nest GOPR2001 front of photo I am holding that was excavated from a business park (different park than the 2013 maculata nest) in mid-November of 2014 and it has a very cool mixed worker/queen comb and maybe my favorite comb set from any nests that I have. I can not pick a favorite nest and I keep these nests in a dry protected closet boxed up but wanted to share some photos with you all. I did have some other photos from this photo set but I guess they got removed form my hard drive because the were the photos i could find. Maybe I will take some more photos of all my nests in the future if/when I get more. I have 6 nests total 1 maculata, 2 germanica, 1 flavopilosa, 1 maculifrons, and 1 squamosa as of this posting. Chris
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  5. Figure I would add my facility for this forum and this 3 side pole barn is where I keep my honeybees and also it has been used by wasps, yellow jackets, and bumblebees. I call this pole barn of mine my bee shack. I also keep my tools for opening beehives and they are my hive tool, frame gripper, entrance reducers, mouse guards to keep mice out of the hives during the winter and my smoker.
  6. Howdy Folks! It sure feels good to back home on the Venom List! I was ready to pull my hair out fighting the browser with the deceptive site warnings and the ant-virus software blocking me from going to the site. Well anyhow here are pics of a swarm I caught. On Hump Day this past week I was getting ready to leave the bee yard and saw a swarm coming forth from another hive sadly I could not get that one because I had to go to work Regards, Michael
  7. My male Benin rhino viper shed over the weekend and made a giant mess so I had to pull him out for cleaning. Going to upgrade these guys to bigger cages soon. Here's a picture of the female, which I cleaned a few weeks ago. She's a lot darker than the male. They are about 2 years old.
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  9. Stunning nest! I had the same issue with my squamosa, a bunch of workers defended a mostly flooded and half dug up empty nest and prevented me from salvaging anything. It is difficult to say if that is the Foundress. Aged yellowjackets will most often have dark spots on the abdominal terga where the pigments have degraded, like this old V. flavopilosa foundress
  10. It's a really nice looking nest. And the question about the queen, based on her size (abdomen) Seems like she is the old queen. She's pretty determined to stay on her home
  11. I collected the nest on the light pole by setting up a step ladder in a truck and had a paint scrapper to cut it off. I found two nests of black Jackets this year and both nests got eaten. Not sure about V. Rufa, but I found a small paper nest under a pine root at work back in early July and it could of been either those or Forest Yellow Jackets. I think I have seen V. Alascensis workers flying about over the summer as well. Have not seen workers or any nests of Germanica yet.
  12. Great nests! How did you collect the nest from the light pole? It looked to be high up. Also, do you ever find Vespula consobrina "black jacket", or Vespula acadica "forest yellow jacket" up where you live? I think in Maine you can find the V. rufa group yellow jackets more than in my area. I think in Pennsylvania it is only in the Appalachian region where I could encounter consobrina or acadica and I have not had the time to take any road trips there to look for them. You may also encounter V. alascensis in Maine. Finally, maybe the German yellow jacket is finally spreading to your area.
  13. I collected a Maculifrons with 7 combs, had nine but they got eaten. Nest was in a bank so it's kinda of small and tall.
  14. Hey buddy!! Those are some super cool nests you got there. Have you found any Vespula nests at all this year?
  15. That last nest got eaten, should of collected it when I found it.
  16. Hey Chris, I got all of them except the one on the Pine tree branch. The dome nest happened because the combs fell out of the top nest, so they continued building the fallen part while the top nest was discontinued. The nest on the light pole is 25'' tall and that is my biggest nest. Got a 19''tall one 2 weeks ago.
  17. Thanks for sharing these nest finds here. I do not have Facebook so this is the first time I have seen these nests. Did you collect all of these nests? It seems that D. maculata can get large nests up in Maine also. The nest(s) where that blue hose thing is looks similar to a D. arenaria nest I had back in 2009 with its "dome" shape. It looks like there is a nest above it.
  18. Thanks. No, this was the only nest I collected this year. I got to work with a lot of different species this year in my removal business though.
  19. It won't save the pictures so it comes up as a a blank post. It's minor.
  20. What is wrong with the site? What error message are you getting? I removed the double post for you
  21. I'll post more pictures when this site works better later.
  22. Hello all, I've been posted most of my finds and collected nests on Vespids on Facebook. Most of ya have seen them, while a few haven't i think.
  23. Love that nest. Do you have a few more lined up chris?
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