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news icon rTo 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.

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Celumnaz

wow, that's pretty huge!

I'm kinda confused on the wasp/yellowjacket/hornet thing now...

the ones that buld nests that hang off a stem are not the same these are talking about right? These are the ones that get built attached to something the whole length, like mudwasps but with that papery stuff instead right?

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IronGhost

Totally amazing! One day, insects will rule the earth, and will thrive long after humans have died out, or left for the stars.

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:PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR:

Five feet in length and can hold up to an estimated 10,000 bees? :wacko: Imagine getting caught in a swarm that huge?!? :hmm:

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Nadal

They've finally discovered how to make insect hotels.

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Michelle

That's bizarre...yellow jackets nests are always underground, no wonder the experts are baffled.

:P Celumnaz...yellow jackets have nests underground...normally, hornets have the basketball size nests usually hanging from a tree branch, wasps have strange mushroom looking nests hanging from the underneath the edge of the roof and mudwasps have the tube shaped nests.

We had a huge yellow jacket nest about twenty feet from our back door a few years ago. I heard about this guy in the area that collected them for free and he sold them to a university that uses them to make the antivenom shots. He came out every weekend for a month or so and he said that he got 22 POUNDS of yellow jackets from that one hive.

:cry: *shivers*

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__Kratos__

This does seem pretty scary...I know I wouldn't want to live around 100,000 bugs that can sting me to death. :no:

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Ghost Ship

A sign of things to come.

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bLu3 de 3n3rgy

This creeps me out, it makes me feel horrible.

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Dando Kast

That's what those brown tube things are at the top of the house! Mudwasps..... 10 feet from the door :hmm:

*shivers*

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Saint

Gee whiz - that is really scary - those nests sound HUGE - Big as VW beetle???

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Tejina: Ex Arctic Elfie

Times like this... I'm so glad I'm not in the south.

But SHIIIIIITE... I hate bugs to begin with. And I hate being near nests.

I'm sooo staying out of Alabama now.

I might have to move back to Alaksa.... It's safer, cold winters to kill the bugs.... And no dangerous buggies....

But I HATE THE COLD....

*Invests in a bee suit*

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