poetry and prose about place

spaces underground – a wasp nest

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Not far from where I sit-for-a-bit on my walk in our woods, I found a nest of wasps. Built underground, beneath the roots of a spruce tree, this nest has been revealed by some digging marauder (a skunk or raccoon) trying to get at the wasp larvae.  The nest is interesting to watch, but caution is necessary.




When I found the nest, I took a little time to learn the difference between wasps and hornets. Hornets build their nests above ground and are larger, with black and white striped bodies. Wasps sometimes build nests underground and are small (1-2.5 cm), with black and yellow striped bodies. The insects in the underground nest are definitely wasps.


Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

August 28, 2017 at 7:06 am

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  1. This post brings to mind one time years ago when my husband was mowing the lawn and went over an underground wasp nest. There were some very angry wasps and he ended up with 6 or 8 bites.

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    August 29, 2017 at 12:30 am

    • They are dangerous. I stay well back when I am taking the photos and I avoid this area on my walks!


      jane tims

      September 3, 2017 at 1:13 pm

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