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Vespula squamosa (Drury) - Vespula squamosa - female

Vespula squamosa (Drury) - Vespula squamosa - Female
2 miles North of Liberty, Liberty County, Texas, USA
July 19, 2009
Size: Couch-sized

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Vespula squamosa (Drury) - Vespula squamosa - female Vespula squamosa (Drury) - Vespula squamosa - female Southern Yellowjacket - Vespula squamosa - female

same nest as of Sept 20

Thanks for sharing
How did you come across the land owner with this huge nest?

Do tell us if you hear of any more. I am interested to see if this will be a good year for the perennial nests as was 2006. I don't think there have been many more outbreaks of them like in that year....

Actually, the year in which all of those overwintered nests occurred was 2007. That was a VERY MEMORABLE year for me... especially since I had a piece of the action! Hehehe!!! :o)

My mistake.
The year was 2006. So, you are correct! I said 2007 because this is when my two perennials were collected.

well, vandals will only ventu
well, vandals will only venture there once.

Backstory, please?
Man, this is impressive!! I know it will ruin all the mystique, but I'm guessing I'm not the only one who will want to know what the fascinating story is behind this shot.

This is what I was told...
"I have a house on my property that has been abandoned for a couple of decades. I have been going there and checking on the property on several occasions. Lately, I've noticed a species of Hymenoptera that is making a home in my couch. The house is located about 2 miles North of Liberty, Texas and just about fifty yards off of the Trinity River. I've noticed that this hive is getting to be very large."

"It is not bothering me since I don't live there and I think I'll wait a see just how big it can get. I've had some problems with vandals as you can see in the photo. This might be better than a dog."

The owner said that I can have this perennial nest! HOORAY!!! I can't wait to obtain it for my collection! I am very happy and excited about this to say the least! :o) I spoke with my friend Bob Jacobson (The scientist who described V. flavopilosa) about this situation. He told me that he could probably collect and ship the nest to me during mid-winter. Bob also collected and sent the other two perennial nests which are currently in my collection too. Anyway, I will keep you posted.

You may
have to take the whole building!

yep its getting past couch size now..
makes you wonder whats in the wall and in the floor....humming the jaws theme

I would be very interested in adding this impressive nest to my collection after it is abandoned in the late fall/early winter.

Might be a (semi?) permanent nest, no?
I read where some nests reach super-sized status due to their (semi?) permanent nature. Is it that, or is it the number of queens that allows them to gain so much size, or a combination of both? Thanks, Mike

One more thing...
I forgot to mention that V. squamosa is the species which is responsible for MOST perennial nests in this country.

There are still a lot of unknowns regarding these huge nests. I think perennial nests in this country last for only 2 or 3 years in most cases. Also, perennial nests do have multiple queens. This means that it is a COMBINATION of various factors (such as colonies lasting for more than one year and also having multiple queens) which cause nests to reach super-sized status.

By the way, are you still in touch with the owner of the property where these photos were shot? I would love to take this nest after the insects abandon it. Please let me know. Thanks! :o)

hahaha you will have to take
hahaha you will have to take the whole couch see how its attached to floor underneath? perhaps you could just buy the house and make a yyellowjacket museum..
for me i runnnnnnnn when i see em.

Actually, I DO have my own "wasp nest museum"! Here ya go:


amazing photo. I wonder how big the nest will get?

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