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Old Nov 9, 2009, 7:52 PM   #1
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I was out back doing a little landscape maintenance on the sky blue trumpet vine that will quickly overtake the yard and everything in it if you constantly cut it back. It's pretty but, what a pain! Anyway, while chopping away at the vine, I noticed some wasp flying around like I was disturbing them. Upon further investigation I found the problem, a nest hiding behind some leaves. here's a few shots of it.

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The leaves wouldn't let the flash reach the nest in the first shot...


So... I pulled some out of the way. very carefully!
As you can see, the vine covers a chain link fence so you can judge how small these wasp are. The nest was about an inch across.



here's a larger crop...


What, still can't see it? OK, try this one...


The clarity isn't near what the lens is capable of but, the best these shakey old hands can do without a tripod.
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Old Nov 9, 2009, 11:13 PM   #2
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Terrific close-ups, you were lucky you didn't get stung, they sure hurt.

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Pretty darn good for hand held GW.

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Thank you Rodney and Ed,
They only hurt for a few minuets Rod. I've been stung a couple times by these little critters while doing yard work and compared to some others, these are pretty minor. Don't get me wrong, I don't try to get stung if I can help it.
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Nice shots of the paper wasps!
Ours have already finished their season, and are either dead or hidden away until spring.
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I can still hear my husband screaming over 20 years after having run one over with a lawn mower. In all our years of marriage, I think the most I've ever heard him cry of pain.

Nice shots. Glad you didn't get stung.

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Thank you Patty.
Yeah, I remember back when I was a young man (a little less than a hundred years ago) I was in the woods chopping at a tree when all of a sudden a swarm of wasp attacked me. Got stung 16 times in the head and neck, got really sick from it.
Now that I think about it... I haven't been the same since!
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