No matter how many yellowjackets you’ve dealt with this past summer, I’m sure it was nothing like this. The nest in this video was filmed in central Florida where southern yellowjackets, and many other wasp species, can overwinter.
According to Jonathan Simpkins, the entomologist/pest control guy who shot the video, this nest is six-and-a-half feet tall and eight feet wide. He says that a nest like this can contain thousands of queens that develop over the second, third, and forth year. It also contains millions of workers. Be sure to listen to the audio as the wasps butt into the camera while they are being filmed. Unreal.
As a beekeeper, the thing that bothers me here is the company name painted on the truck, All Florida Bee Removal.com, and the slogan, “Bees Buzzing You?” Guaranteed, there is nothing about bees in the entire video.
We wonder why most people are so afraid of bees, but once someone sees a video like this right next to the word “bee”—well, of course they’re frightened. There is no hint that yellowjackets are not bees. So sad.
In spite of that irritation, the nest is awesome and Jonathan Simpkins is, like many entomologists, entertaining.
Many thanks to Linda Zielinski of the Linn Benton Beekeepers Association (Oregon) for sending me the link.
Honey Bee Suite