Mike the Mad Biologist

From the Montgomery Advertiser comes a story about gigantic yellow jacket nests. By giant, I mean taking over the entire interior of a car.

hornets nest by Rob Carr
(photo by Rob Carr)

The nests are thought to contain multiple queens and about 100,000 workers. So far, 16 have been sighted in Alabama.

Comments

  1. #1 Dennis
    August 23, 2006

    Wow! For once my hometown gets some recognition for something other than the Ten Commandments and racism. Is it sad that this is all I have to be proud of?

  2. #2 Dale Dribble
    August 23, 2006

    Qu-oool! (gets stick to nest – )

    Giant supernests of flesh eating Vespula! Blossoming across the bible belt!! Now how am I NOT supposed to take this as a sign of intelligent design?

  3. #3 Julie Stahlhut
    August 23, 2006

    Nice to see that the animal mascot of my workplace (U. of Rochester) is thriving. The article also quotes wasp researcher Dr. Mike Goodisman of Georgia Tech, another place of which yellow jackets are emblematic.

    As far as I know, Mike and I may be the only two people to have ever ground up specimens of our own university’s mascots.

  4. #4 quitter
    August 23, 2006

    I, for one, salute you for your Brockman/Simpsons reference. It’s a freaking classic.

  5. #5 NJ
    August 24, 2006

    As far as I know, Mike and I may be the only two people to have ever ground up specimens of our own university’s mascots.

    Hey, I smashed a buckeye once. Does that count?

  6. #6 Monte Davis
    August 24, 2006

    “I say nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

    Of course, nobody ever listens to Ripley.

  7. #7 Jennifer
    August 24, 2006

    Holy crap! I live in Alabama (well, 2 miles from the state line) and am constantly wandering around in the woods. I guess I’ll have to keep an eye out for these… my water meter reader actually called me today to tell me about a yellowjacket nest in the water meter. I sure hope it isn’t too enormous!

  8. #8 Robster
    August 24, 2006

    Yet another reason not to move south…

  9. #9 Julie Stahlhut
    August 24, 2006

    Hey, I smashed a buckeye once. Does that count?

    The seed or the butterfly?

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