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The Insect Version of the Iron Throne Is Literally Made of Wasps

The Insect Version of the Iron Throne Is Literally Made of Wasps

When an employee from Wayne’s Bees went to scout a bid on a honey bee removal job in Hobe Sound Florida, he found something terrifying but not unusual: a mega-nest of yellow jackets. Where the wasps had chosen to make their home was particularly unsettling. It was an Iron Throne of buzzing needles:

Wasp Throne

“Yellow jacket” is the North American term for two genera of wasps, Vespula and Dolichovespula, each of which contain a number of distinct species. Species in the genus Dolichovespula–such as the aerial yellow jacket–are the ones who can make gigantic nests in the open, while species in Vespula always build underground. Yellow jacket species are known for their aggressive demeanor and ability to repeatedly sting, but they are also prodigious builders.

Typical yellow jacket nests last only one season and don’t get much larger than a basketball. Occasionally, when the winter climate in an area is mild enough to prevent the yearly die-off (like Florida), massive wasp fortresses can form complete with multiple queens laying eggs inside. A rudimentary search on YouTube is all you need to do to experience thousands of wasps coming at you from a nest taller than yourself.

The Wasp Throne isn’t the first time wasps have appropriated our structures with creepy results. Earlier this year we saw what it looks like when wasps take over a carving of a face. But before you say “KILL IT WITH FIRE,” keep in mind that you can totally burn your house down that way.

HT Neatorama

TOP IMAGE: Cleared for takeoff! by Roger Smith

Comments

  1. cor2879 says:

    When you have an ‘Iron Throne mad of Wasps’ in your house, burning it down becomes a viable option.

  2. gridsleep says:

    Two modern non-toxic ways (at least not spreadable toxins) of dealing with nests is liquid nitrogen (cryogenically freeze them and bag them, with the nitrogen dispersing harmlessly into the atmosphere) or focused radar, which is exactly like microwave cooking (the nose radar on a Russian MIG-27 can roast a rabbit in seconds at a distance of 2,500 feet, thus the pilot’s manual strongly describing severe penalties for activating the radar while on the ground.)

  3. Who needs a home, anyway?

  4. J says:

    Well I guess it’s time to burn down the house.