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To the bafflement of insect experts, gigantic yellow jacket nests have started turning up in old barns, unoccupied houses, cars and underground cavities across the southern two-thirds of Alabama.
Specialists say it could be the result of a mild winter and drought conditions, or multiple queens forcing worker yellow jackets to enlarge their quarters so the queens will be in separate areas. But experts haven't determined exactly what's behind the surprisingly large nests.
The largest nest Ray has inspected this year filled the interior of a weathered 1955 Chevrolet parked in a rural Elmore County barn. That nest was about the size of a tire in the rear floor seven weeks ago, but quickly spread to fill the entire vehicle, the property owner, Harry Coker, said. Four satellite nests around it have gotten into the eaves of the barn, about 300 yards from his home.
Originally posted by Calm Anomaly
I wonder if these "Mega-nests" have any relationship to Global warming.
Setting aside my doubts about the validity of Global Warming, I would say that since Global Warming effects things globally, and this is only one species, then I'd say we only have a particularly mild winter that may or may not have been caused by Global Warming. That's about as far as one can go before you start to speculate.
But they are extremely hard to get to sting you. They are probably about the most peaceful wasp you'll find. I ignore them. They feed spiders that glow in the dark to their larvae. I don't want to ever see spiders that glow in the dark again.
Originally posted by Relentless
They are wasps (slightly larger than normal here in Florida - everything seems to be) that live in mud built nests.
Yes they sting.
lol....used to have that issue with Mary Jane
Originally posted by ben91069
Ive only noticed corn growing where no one planted it around the neighborhood. Maybe the birds scattered the seeds, but I had a stalk growing in my backyard for no apparent reason, and this year, three stalks are growing across the street in front of our house on the side of the highway, which is a very steep grade. A few houses down there are numerous stalks all growing and believe me, these people are the types to not plant anything. I hope it is just birds and not the attack of nature. LOL