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Old 06-27-2008, 08:24 AM
 
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Anyone here like to collect wasps nest? I know it sounds bizarre, but they are so cool. When the wasps go underground in the fall we remove the nest and keep it in our shed for a few weeks to make sure there are no stragglers! We have a HUGE one like maybe 15'' by 10". Really cool.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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Now THAT'S a niche hobby.

Very cool and I'm sure really interesting...
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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I took a wasp nest before with tons of wasps in them... I took a garbage bag and in one swoop had all the wasps and their nest in there... then I threw them in the trash... memo to wasps... don't build your home next to my home... of course I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt in the summer sun.. guess, I was lucky I didn't get stung... cause they were really angry in that plastic bag...
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:42 AM
 
Location: The Rock!
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Yeah...niche hobby sounds like good description of this. Never heard of it before but whatever floats your boat. I prefer evilnewbie's take...utter destruction.
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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I should've known I'd get some flak for this! When I was in the Adirondacks a few years ago, one of the rental cabins there had a small collection of wasps nests...so I'm obviously not the only one who appreciates their unique beauty!
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Very interesting! There are some wasp keepers/collectors on The Venomlist - For All Things Venomous if youre interested in chatting with folks who share the same hobby as you!
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:18 PM
 
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Very interesting! There are some wasp keepers/collectors on The Venomlist - For All Things Venomous if youre interested in chatting with folks who share the same hobby as you!

Thanks Steve-O, that's some interesting stuff! Guess I'm not so weird after all!
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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Thanks Steve-O, that's some interesting stuff! Guess I'm not so weird after all!
Well, I don't know if I'd go THAT far!





...TOTALLY kidding!

Sorry, I couldn't resist...
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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Well, I don't know if I'd go THAT far!





...TOTALLY kidding!

Sorry, I couldn't resist...

LOL, No apology necessary!
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:17 AM
 
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Default I love collecting HUGE nests!!!

Hello, Tiki. I am an avid collector of MONSTER nests. In fact, I am one of the main collectors here: The Venom List -> Bees and Wasps Here is more information about me: I am an expert on social wasps (as a hobby). I have an intense passion for the genus Dolichovespula (generally aerial-nesting yellowjackets). I specialize in the bald-faced hornet (D. maculata). However... I also love Polistes (common paper wasps), Vespa (true hornets), and Vespula (generally subterranean-nesting yellowjackets). I think their beautiful nests are masterpieces of nature! I love collecting abandoned GIANT nests for my collection (The bigger the better!). I usually purchase the nests online. I am always looking for more impressive nests to add to my collection. Please let me know if you have access to any. If you don't currently know where any nests are, then please keep me in mind for the future from now on (Thanks!). Some of the showpieces in my extensive nest collection include a huge D. maculata nest which is 3 feet (36 inches) tall, an enormous P. annularis (red wasp) nest from east Texas which is the size of a dinner plate (12 inches in diameter), a large Brachygastra mellifica (Mexican honey wasp) nest from south Texas near the Mexican border, and a giant overwintered, 2-year perennial V. squamosa (southern yellowjacket) nest from Alabama which was discovered in an atypical aerial situation attached to a 2-story home. I wouldn't have the perennial yellowjacket nest in the first place if it wasn't for the kindness of Bob Jacobson (The scientist who described V. flavopilosa). Of course, I have many other exceptional nests in my collection. To see photos which show some of my MONSTER nests: Flickr: hornetboy1970's Photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/72915472@N00/ - broken link) By the way, the photo which I've posted here shows me holding my bald-faced hornet nest which measure 3 feet tall. Enjoy!
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