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Giant wasp nest fills up entire room

Posted on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 | Comment icon 17 comments

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A contender for the world's largest wasp nest has been discovered on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

The monster nest was found inside an empty house and is believed to measure up to seven meters across, filling up an entire room. Teeming with thousands of the stinging insects, the nest is thought to have been built by a species of African wasp that had migrated to the island. Since the discovery the house has been cordoned off and authorities are attempting to find a way to dispose of the infestation.

The previous record holder for the world's largest wasp nest measured 3.7m in length and was found in 1963 at a farm in New Zealand. Believed to have been built by German wasps, the monster nest ended up falling from the tree it was in because of its own weight and split in to pieces on impact with the ground.

"A seven metre-long wasp nest, found in Spain, could see New Zealand lose its Guinness World record as home of the world's largest wasp nest."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Sundew on 15 April, 2013, 1:27
How could you deal with this? Perhaps if you very carefully (and very quietly) tent the house at night you could fog the nest, but if you get this many wasps stirred up people could be stung to death.
Comment icon #9 Posted by flbrnt on 15 April, 2013, 1:57
I bet there are more W.A.S.P.s in the GOP.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 15 April, 2013, 5:50
I would have had a heart attack or something. I hate wasps like most people hate spiders or snakes.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Junior Chubb on 15 April, 2013, 10:46
Wowsers, I hope they don't use 'squatters rights' because I would not fancy evicting them...
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin on 15 April, 2013, 16:04
Couldn't they just blow them up? Or use several flame throwers? Or, better still, blast them with music from Justin Beiber. They will quickly commit suicide.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 15 April, 2013, 20:41
wow a monster nest of wasp wow that must be scary to be in the room one is probably saying like i hope i don't get stung and stuff lol i know that's what i would say lol.i whoever gets rid of them finds a good humanize way to get rid of them somehow though.that's just me though i personally don't like them but don't hate them either you know.
Comment icon #14 Posted by chopmo on 16 April, 2013, 1:34
Napalm then clean up crew. Or a massive can of spray and a lighter lol =P~~ I wonder how long it had been abandoned for and if there was a way to find out how long the wasps had occupied the vacant house, it'd be interesting to see how much time was put into it and if they could spray it in a way to preserve the whole house and put it onto display after fibreglassing the entire house and contents.
Comment icon #15 Posted by CelestialStar on 17 April, 2013, 1:37
How big were the wasps who built it then? ugh, i hate wasps, most bees, and spiders, im fine with just about any other creature on the planet, just not those three. in fact i even think ants are kind of cute.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Erowin on 17 April, 2013, 5:52
The metropolitan capitol of the wasp world. THIS is where Wasp Wall Street is, where wasps from all places live together. In that clump are wasp slums and affluent workers. Together, they trade and share in this new mega-community. The Head Wasp lives here. If we leave it be they may develop writing... destroy it and the center of wasp politics is destroyed, crippling all wasp kind. :P
Comment icon #17 Posted by Capt Amerika on 18 April, 2013, 16:38
Figured i would open the thread to see what all the "Buzz" was about.

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