Massive Yellow Jacket Hive In Central Florida

Submitted by: richanddead 4 years ago in Weird

It was more than 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide!
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Male 6,100
atreides,
That`s my preferred method of dealing with slow drivers in the left lane of the turnpike.
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Female 1,264
I don`t like these things at all, I am highly allergic to their stings...so nope, nope and nope...I don`t like wasps at all so I keep my distance from them as much as possible..Their stings will f.ck me up..so I make the effort to stay away.
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Male 1,804
@ greenbasterd
I guess you lose $100 because, like SageBlue, I`m not a vegan.
Typical idiot assuming, because we value life, we have to be tree hugging vegan hippies.

I reiterate... People f*cking suck
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Male 40
My personal preferred method:
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Male 6,100
Oops..."you".
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Male 6,100
They`re also called yellow jackets because that identifies them as this particular type of wasp. There are different types of wasps just as there are different types of bees, beetles, ants, etc. If someone pointed out a pet and asked what it was, would you just say it`s a dog or, if oyu recognised the breed, would you try to be more specific?
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Male 4,099
@Nick_13: People call them yellow jackets because people know them commonly as yellow jackets, they are pretty infamous. Actually I would bet less people know they are wasps because they sort of look like bees. I guess you don`t have them where you live.
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Male 395
It`s called a "wasp" - you dont need no over-complicated fancy name like "yellow-jacket".... it`s a wasp.

And if you`re religious, please tell me what the point of a wasp is? Because i`m not religious, but if i was, then i would think a wasp is proof of satan. they exist for no reason other than to cause serious misery to other life forms. Goodnight.
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Female 178
Oh my god... it`s sad to destroy them??? I hope you`re kidding!!! They`re bugs!! Dangerous bugs.
They`ll breed and create more bugs... Anyone who thinks they`re not dangerous is sadly mistaken. A friend of mine is deathly allergic and has to carry an epinephrine pen wherever she goes. Who knows the reason for having this nest destroyed. Maybe the property owners moved some livestock to that area recently... Maybe they are just now cultivating that part of the property. I bet if you people who are boo hooing over this hive`s destruction had the option of it being relocated to your property where you had children or animals you would sing a different tune.
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Male 977
seems a shame to kill a nest that size!
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Male 70
@cityncolour - a nest that size would make noise you could hear a mile away. Just don`t go near it.
@greenbasterd - I`ll eat any animal or bug.
@ anyone else - life is dangerous, deal with it.
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Male 6,227
I`m definitely in McGovern`s camp on this one. Yellow jackets are mean sons-of-a-gun; they sting repeatedly and with little provocation. I`d be fine with leaving a small nest in a remote location alone. But a monstrous nest this size? It would just be a matter of time before something tragic happened.

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Female 8,129
Okay- so Vespula vulgaris- which is the common wasp here is not terribly dangerous. somewhere I work they had a nest which pretty much filled her roof cavity in a small bungalow- it must have been there a few years as it realy DID fill most of the roof- I had trouble getting the hatch up. She left it for a month or so as they were no bother- but had it destroyed as she was told the nest was a fire risk. Hence why I ask- as if these are a similar wasp there would be no need to destroy it.
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Male 17,511
I`m with McGovern on this one. Use a flamethrower on it.
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Male 395
Arghhhh oh my god!!!!

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Male 5,872
The yellow jackets are the worst, they are nearly silent killers. At least you have some advanced warning of paper wasps, they make a sort of `rustling` noise.
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Male 41,184
That paper nest is amazing! I hope that someone can preserve it. It would look great in a museum! That exterminator guy should put it in his showroom!

Wasp = Yellow Jacket. It`s just a local term for a variety of wasp species. There`s at least 3 kinds of wasps in my area, I have to shoo them out of my porch often :-)

@richanddead: I didn`t know that about queen bees! Live and learn, eh?
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Male 2,376
100 bucks says sageblue and oobaka are vegans.

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Female 2,415
Well said, Lord Jereth, well said.
It sucks but is an issue of safety. Like rabid dogs, racooons, and such. If you can`t help them you have to kill them, sometimes.
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Male 4,099
@madduck:

"So- what is the difference between a yellow jacket and a normal wasp?"

A yellow jacket is a normal wasp, a social wasp but a normal wasp. It is simply a type of wasp, just as a Buick is a type of car.


In most states there are just two distinct types of social wasps yellowjackets and paper wasps. Yellowjackets are by far the most troublesome group, especially ground- and cavity-nesting ones such as the western yellowjacket, which tend to defend their nests vigorously when disturbed. Defensive behavior increases as the season progresses and colony populations become larger while food becomes scarcer. In fall, foraging yellowjackets are primarily scavengers, and they start to show up at picnics and barbecues, around garbage cans, at dishes of dog or cat food placed outside, and where ripe or overripe fruit are accessible. At certain times and places, the number of scavenger wasps can be quite large.
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Male 723
@SageBlue

Wow, simplify an issue much? You obviously weren`t listening: These are dangerous insects that by their shear numbers can threaten human beings. I wonder, if you were tooling along on your blissfully ignorant tree-hugger way and suddenly got attacked by literally millions of small, flying, carrion-eating, stinging predators, hell bent on popping your mortal coil for you, how do you think you`d feel? Do you think you`d wish, just before you go into an excruciatingly painful toxic shock, that you`d wish someone might have taken care of the problem?

I`m all for the preservation of nature, but when it threatens human life, it`s got to go. Having recently had a friend die of EXACTLY this problem, someone I cared about and looked up to a great deal more than some mouth-breathing, neo-hippie who thinks that leaves and bark are more important than human life, I can tell you, I wish someone had burned that hive to ashes before it killed her.

8-) LJ
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Female 8,129
So- what is the difference between a yellow jacket and a normal wasp? Seems unreasonable to kill a nest like that- had it been in a well used area it would have been spotted earlier- and wasps are very useful things..
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Male 379
@SageBlue
i don`t think you`d be singing the same tune if you or your children or someone you know, happened to stumble across that nest unprotected. there would be a good possibility you wouldn`t be coming back to tell about it. the wasp population will go on. no harm done... except for potentially saving someone from a very unpleasant experience.
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Male 1,804
100% agree with SageBlue
People f*cking suck.
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Male 4,099
(cont)
Some wasps even use their prey to foster their young as in the Tarantula Hawk. It paralyze its prey, literally with pain itself, then lays eggs on it and buries it. The eggs hatch burrow into the still living victim and slowly eat all of its non vital organs to keep the victim alive longer. They rarely stings without provocation but have the one of the most painful stings rivaling even Bullet Ants. Yet they are sort of pretty in a way.

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Male 70
This is why I hate humans. Obviously the nest was there for who knows how many years, undisturbed. Then one person finds it and says "let`s kill them all because they`re insects and insects are bad". Sad, very sad.
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Male 4,099
Odd fact: Yellow Jackets are a type of wasp, not bees as he mentioned although both belong to the order Hymenoptera.

Bees are more robust and furry to pick up pollen, they even have special sacks on their back legs for pollen. Wasps are more slender and hard, they are built for hunting and fighting.

Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used as food for larvae because it is high in protein.

Wasps, however, are predators. While adults may occasionally feed on nectar or pollen, they feed insects, arthropods, flies and even caterpillars to their young. Wasps can sting and bite repeatedly as well, some bees can`t sting twice, such as the honey bees, yet the queen honey bee can because her stinger is not barbed so she can kill other queens.
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Male 2,703
Saw this the other day at the Blaze. Magnificent and horrible all at the same time.
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Male 7,774
What McG said
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Female 2,549
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Male 1,949
Yay, chemicals!
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Male 14,331
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Male 579
NOPE
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Male 6,227
OMG. That is horrific. Ugggh! The stuff of nightmares.
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Male 4,099
Link: Massive Yellow Jacket Hive In Central Florida [Rate Link] - It was more than 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide!
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