yellow jackets (off topic)
lday at iquest.net
Tue Aug 4 15:14:55 EDT 1998
> They are aggressive when you are very close to
> the nest (big surprise). On the other hand they are very inoffensive when visit you
> at your sandwich.
I have not run into the nest aggressive response, although I have
disturbed a couple of nests. I dug near one (into it??) and quit when I
saw YJs start flying around; no stings. I also thumped a garden tool very
hard on the ground on a nest entrance (by mistake of course) and got only
one sting, the rest continued flying in and out undisturbed. Is this
normal? ??? They don't seem to care if you're *near* their nest.
The bugs with hair-trigger responses are paper wasps - all I have to do to
get stung is to approach a (small) nest too closely (3-4 feet). When I
see them turning their heads to look at me, I know I'm in trouble, even if
I never disturb them or make any fast movements.
Do other people find these wasps much more aggressive than yellow jackets?
Or have I just been lucky?
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