Michael L Roginsky
d_micro at ix.netcom.com
Fri Nov 1 16:55:19 EST 1996
Vey well done Roger.......I saved it for posterity. Cheers..:) Micro.
In <DzyMxt.68C at cix.compulink.co.uk> rwhitehead at cix.compulink.co.uk
("Roger Whitehead") writes:
>Here is part of Gene's emailed reply to me, which I post with his
>Yellow jackets are black and yellow striped wasps
>which build nests in the ground. They feed on both
>plant and animal material. They are colonial with
>many infertile females as in bee's hives. Each nest
>only lasts from spring to fall. Only fertile
>females overwinter to start a new nest the
>following year. Near the end of the season the
>workers seem to get more touchy about their nests
>and as the colonies have built up to contain over
>100 workers, they can be hard to deal with.
>These wasps are related to the hornets of Europe, also belonging
>to the family Vespidae. Hornets are _Vespa_; ground nesting
>yellowjackets are _Vespula_. Various species are involved.
>_Vespula_ build 'paper' nests that are structurally identical
>to those shown in cartoons where someone hits the ovoid
>nest hanging in a tree and the wasps come swarming out,
>however these are completely beneath the ground with only
>a hole with YJs emerging from it to mark their presence. The
>aerial nest builders are in another genus _Dolichovespula_.
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