Mysterious Death - Dolichovespula arenaria
Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 8, 2010
Not sure what happened. One day they were fine and the next, I found the nest abandoned. Upon removal I found three dead adults, and plenty of dead brood. I don't know what to think. I am sure it was not sprayed. There was not even a dead queen or more dead workers, it's like all the wasps just took off (although I don't know how a nest bound queen could fly away). Maybe overheating? That's my only theory, but the dominula next door to this nest are doing fine.
Whatever happened, I am once again very disappointed. I never have any good luck when it comes to nests on my property : /
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