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Underground aerial yellowjackets nest

I found an underground D. arenaria nest today! I was really excited, it's the first time I have seen one in person. I consider them to be relatively rare, so it would be amazing to get to dig this one up once it becomes abandoned next month. Only problem is that it is in state game lands, and as you may know, these underground arenaria nests are never far from the surface which makes them vulnerable to predators. I am really hoping that I can collect it, but the chances of that are slim. Something is bound to ruin it

Here is some footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOVkz7kicl0

And some photos (sorry they are blurry, the nest was very active and I was not getting close):

In this one you can see the occulo-maler space http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff117/vulgaris_01/IMG_1188.jpg
In this one you can see the abdominal pattern http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff117/vulgaris_01/IMG_1203.jpg
Here you can see the worker on the left is carrying a dirt pellet which means they are actually excavating a cavity!
http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff117/vulgaris_01/IMG_1206.jpg

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That is pretty cool! I have been doing some work with an aerial nest that is bigger than a rugby ball...Check your email, I am trying to send you some footage.

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