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Polistes wasps and hornet overwintering question.

Where can I find Hibernating Polistine wasps, and hornets and yellowjackets?

Also HOW do they avoid freezing solid?

Thanks a bunch. I checked the overwintering article and it was pretty good but no mention of polistes wasps and other hornets for the northern USA.

Baldfaced Hornet
I have found several baldfaced hornet queens (Dolichovespula maculata) overwintering within/under rotten logs. Quite a surprise to find a large hornet when you're poking through the wood with your bare hands!

 
Cool
I will most certainly check under rotten logs in the near future! Thanks for the tip.

In that article
if you scroll down to the wasp area there is a picture of a Yellowjacket. Click on it and read the comments there. It doesn't really answer your question but it may give you some ideas of where to look.

 
As if there is a step by step
As if there is a step by step guide on where to look and how to catch these things on google, really if you have nothing nice to say dont say anything at all.

Sam thanks a bunch! :)

 
 
Nice...
Interesting but not what I was looking for LOL. I need specifics. "sheltered locations" does not cut it.

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