Wasp Removal

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Some wasps built a nest near my house and, getting larger as it was, I decided to get rid of it, humanely. I stuffed them into a box which was lit by some LED strip lighting while a GoPro camera recorded their antics. Then, we took them to a wooded area and recovered the camera with a sharp yank. Nobody got stung.

From the look of them, they are bald-faced hornets (Dolichovespula maculata). Though wikipedia says they are:

more aggressive than both the wasps normally called yellowjackets and members of the Vespa genus

I actually found them rather mild-mannered, both while boxing them up and before, when they were just local fauna. Harris (1984) seems to agree, stating:

Although the occurrence of aerial hornet nests may alarm people, the bald-faced hornet is not a serious pest in North America. Its workers” mostly forage for live prey” (Akre et al. 1981) and have a preference for other vespine species and flies. According to Akre et al. (1981) D. maculata is not particularly aggressive, nor are its workers “as sensitive to disturbance around the nest as some of the other, smaller species. Furthermore, it has a tendency to nest fairly high in trees, reducing the likelihood of contact between humans and many colonies”. Although Akre et al. (1981) describe their work as a compendium of data on “pestiferous vespines”, they conclude that “unless a [D. maculata] colony is located in close proximity to human activity, this species should not be regarded as a pest but rather as a colourful and beneficial part of the American insect fauna”

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