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  • skeeta_bite commented on thebeatonpath's instructable DIY Yellow Jacket Bottle Trap1 month ago
    DIY Yellow Jacket Bottle Trap

    Really great work! Is there any way to get a better photo of the big one you call queen? I collect these insects for study. Most of mine must be caught live, then frozen for lab. Weird, huh? College studies. I suspect you have another variety for that one. Possibilities could be one of the following:1. East of the Mississippi there is a larger hornet (cousin to your Yellowjackets) it's a European hornet. Similar abdomen, coloring is about right could verify if I could see the whole thing. If it's that variety, they are not very common and tend to bore into trees to make their home and don't usually ground nest. 2. Another possibility is the Asian hornet. I had heard they were starting to show up in the Southeast but had not seen real proof. Not sure but color doesn't quite match. If it is Asian you caught a very nasty variety. 3. Cicada killer. Size about right, ok for color but abdomen not sure. Usually live in individual nests. I've seen many near golf course sand traps. Not dangerous. You are more likely to hurt yourself getting away from him.4. Bald faced hornet. Also close cousin to Yellowjackets. But again color is off. Usually more cream/off white with more black showing. Size is about right tho. Anyway, you have an excellent method of depleting the nest without pesticides. You just have to keep setting traps until cold weather. (Freezing temps) Then you can go in and dig out the nest. Cold will eliminate all but queen and as you have found they hibernate. As for the red one, I think it's a wasp. I enjoyed your Instructable. Looking forward to more.

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