Whoever said a picture is worth a thousand words could have been thinking of this one. You can see the glee in the wasp’s eyes as she makes a beeline for the all-you-can eat cafeteria.
Michael Skeels, a regular reader and frequent contributor to this site, lives in Montana and owns the hive on the left. His daughter Emily was visiting and shot the picture.
Michael says, “My hives are all strong and healthy so the yellowjackets and bald-faced hornets have only been a nuisance so far. I plan on making a trap like the one you described as soon as I come up with a plastic jug.”
That’s good news. If a colony is strong and populous, it can usually fend off the intruders who are then left to pick up carcasses from the ground to feed their young. This particular wasp is likely to be disappointed once she learns she will get nothing but leftovers.
I so enjoyed this photo I wanted you to see it. Thanks to both Emily and Michael for sharing the precious moment.
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