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Found in the Attic

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By julien

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Found this wasps nest in the Attic of our new house, it was between the rafters and the insulation on the floor, I was not sure if it was still active, so the plan was to carefully save it and relocate it in an old box and place it out of the way of everybody on the allotment embankment, ok not many people would do this but I love nature and try and preserve it when I can, so I managed to wrap it in a tarpaulin and checked it, yes it was a nest that looks as though it had been killed of by some pest controllers, so here are the pics of inside a large wasps nest and how ingenious they are in building the nest.

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That is stunning, such intricate work. Imagine all the effort that went into creating it!

7 Jan, 2021

 

Fascinating work of art. Pity the occupants are such a nuisance as they hover around our cream teas in the summer!!

7 Jan, 2021

 

I do agree with you,Chris...they are so dexterous but not a favourite of mine having been stung last summer whilst enjoying a Viennetta.

7 Jan, 2021

 

they are amazing structures aren't they.

7 Jan, 2021

 

Wow! amazing in an architectural way, isn’t it, Julien! Thank you for posting, especially the last pic! Fantastic!
Don’t care for the nasty wasps, mind you.

7 Jan, 2021

 

Thanks for comments, yes it is a work of art, how amazing nature is, when you consider each of those hexagon cells are perfectly the same is just incredible, inside this nest were eight hive cart wheels, It’s not the biggest one I have come across in my time, at the old house in our flat roof extension I needed to take the ceiling down, this I did in late winter of that year, I knew there was a wasps nest in there but the shear size was mind blowing, two ft x two ft and full of queens, you can get the picture yes wasps all over the place me in an old curtain and colander on my head flapping around with my hysterical wife screaming and rollicking me, one of those moments that you now look back on and makes you laugh.

7 Jan, 2021

 

Oh goodness: that's some picture you paint, Julien.

7 Jan, 2021

 

That brought back memories Julian , we had just moved into our new place and had asked an electrician to put lights in the kitchen ceiling we were going away for a few days while the work was being done , he rang us to say he couldn't carry on as there was a huge wasps nest in the loft and he had been stung , he contacted an exterminater who dealt with it he was then able to resume the work , we also had several in our last place ,one was the whole length at the back of a 12 ft summer house ,they are amazing structures ...

8 Jan, 2021

 

Well Julien, you are braver than me! I think I would have just run! Hahaa! It does look interesting though and its amazing how clever they are. I would still run though !!

9 Jan, 2021

 

When we moved into our last house there was a nest at the bottom of the garden Strangely right over the Septic tank leak( another story). The nest was nearly a metre across.
More wasps than I have ever seen in my life.
When we put that house on the market the surveyor found a huge nest in the roof space. Fortunately it was no longer in use.
The nests disintegrate very quickly once no longer wasp maintained so there was no need to remove it.

9 Jan, 2021

 

Thanks for showing these photos - fascinating to see them.

9 Jan, 2021

 

Fascinating pics Julien! They are amazing constructions aren't they! Imagine the colony building all that in just one season, even before they could begin breeding. There were few wasps about here last summer compared with a few years ago and yet we had done nothing to dissuade them.
(not that we were very sorry about that...)

9 Jan, 2021

 

I am not sure if they use a nest over a period of years yorklass, that’s what I have always believed due to the huge size these can get to, I have often watched wasps scraping the wood on old wood to make into the pulp, and the amount of effort this takes and how they build the nest is fascinating, nature is so more interesting I find when you watch it very closely.

10 Jan, 2021

 

Julian if you can see where they get in you can buy fake wasps nests to hang outside the entrance to stop them going back ,they won't go if they think other wasps have occupied it , we've bought them they do seem to do the trick .. cost about £4.

11 Jan, 2021

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