Thursday, August 28, 2008
We get quite a few paper wasps building their nests under the eves, holes in the fence, etc. I usually leave them alone unless they are in the way, like in the electrical outlets.
These decided to build a nest in hole in a brick sitting on top of a pillar. This made it very easy for me to get some nice close up shots - I almost bumped the nest with the lens. The wasps aren't aggressive so I wasn't worried. The only time I've been stung by paper wasps is when they've accidently gotten into my clothes - and that was NOT fun! Yellow jackets are a different story - I don't tolerate any yellow jacket nests on my property. They've stung everybody here including the dogs, cats and chickens. Also, my spouse has a scary allergic reaction to yellow jacket stings.
Information on the paper wasp can be found here.