009Aaa

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    Where the bugs are.
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    The social wasps (of course!).

    I also like finding out new things and picking up new hobbies.
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  1. I was able to observe this species in downtown Charlotte North Carolina this year.
  2. I mentioned the height and this customer still wanted the nest removed. With some people just the presence of a nest no matter how high is a warrant for removal unfortunately.
  3. Hey everyone, This afternoon I removed a baldfaced hornet nest from a customers tree that they spotted and felt the need for a professional was warranted. I responded the same day and removed this nest without the use of any pesticides. Here are some photos of the removal including my set up for this one. I filmed a video and will be uploading it to Youtube shortly.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Hello everyone, Today I dug up the squamosa nest under the mulch and it is quite an interesting nest. I am happy to have this nest still attached to the mulch, which I like because it is still attached to its natural point of attachment and could make a good display piece. It was amazing how much of a fight the yellowajckets put up being it was in the low 40's and all of the cells were empty. When I went out there early this morning, I had my bee gloves, bee suit, and a hand shovel and only planned to snap a few photos with my phone. Well there were yellowjackets entering and exiting with some consistency so I knew it was going to be more than just a quick dig up. Anyways, I had to go back to my house and get my spray bottle with soapy water, my boots, and decided to bring the Gopro along for some video footage and I am glad I did. I figure this colony cycle probably completed a few weeks ago but these wasps just held on! I had to use my spray bottle full of soapy water to displace them. Then I lifted the much up, with the nest still attached to it and it is now in a box. It has 5 combs from what I can see. The top 3 combs are worker cell combs with comb 4 being a mixed worker/queen cell comb, comb 5 is all queen cells. I can not tell if there is any maculifons construction because the mulch is covering the top of the nest and about two thirds of the envelope remains covering the combs. It is truly a nice nest. The most interesting thing about this nest was the queen that was on the nest. Was she the mother queen or a new queen? She did not try to fly off, but stayed on the combs and is still there. I got some photos of her so if anyone knows if she is a new queen, or the mother queen that is long lived let me know. I remember Casey's squamosa nest from a few years back (2013?), had the mother queen still in the nest, but he never saw any new queens. I did see a queen walk out of one of the entrances of this mulch nest back in October, and she went back in after several seconds. I do not know if it was the same queen or a different one. It is really something the way these 40-60 wasps held on with no brood left and with the cold temperatures. This was a smaller sized nest and I have dug up large maculifrons nest like the one back in 2014 that was probably close to 3 times larger than this nest. There was nowhere near the number of yellowjackets left in that 2014 maculifrons nest, and they were not nearly as aggressive. There will be some video footage uploaded and plenty of photos to follow. The above was copied from Yahoo! Vespers wasp forum. Please go there to see the extensive photo series of this nest. Enjoy the attached video!
  9. Hey everyone, Today I removed a maculifrons nest from a customers front yard. Conditions did not allow me to run my electric vacuum due to being wet/rainy. So I was able to use a different approach that involved pouring about 3 gallons or soapy water down the entrance. Luckily it worked and saved me some time. I would still say that the best way to remove a ground nest is by vacuuming, but if done at night and if the ground does not slope this method could also work. I only got video footage form this removal and not photos but you get the idea. Enjoy the video and remember to watch in HD and full screen viewing. I give some commentary so turn on your speakers.
  10. Nice nests Alex! I like the vulgaris nest built between the rocks the best. I am curious about this nest, is it one comb set, or two comb sets for this nest? Also, does the germainca nest have queens emerging? It seems small for that species but still a nice nest.
  11. I found a squamosa nest on July 30 and here are some photos. They go in and turn to the left. I am pointing to where I think the nest is. I believe it is located in a space under the mulch between the 2 rocks. Some workers exit on the left side of where I am pointing also. I may try and get this one in the fall. You can see a worker at the nest entrance on a rock in one photo.
  12. Awesome finds. Hopefully, you will get to collect the crabro nest this fall. There is plenty of time to find more nests as it is only late July.
  13. Great find! I rarely find this species. I hope you can get this nest once it dies off at the end of the season.
  14. Hey everyone, Today 7/20/16 I filed a video of a baldfaced hornet nest removal from a customers backyard deck.