Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Giant nests perplex experts

To the bafflement of insect experts, gigantic yellow jacket nests have started turning up in old barns, unoccupied houses, cars and underground cavities across the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

Specialists say it could be the result of a mild winter and drought conditions, or multiple queens forcing worker yellow jackets to enlarge their quarters so the queens will be in separate areas. But experts haven't determined exactly what's behind the surprisingly large nests.

(Via Boing Boing.)

Take a look at the picture. This is like an H.R. Giger painting brought to life.

(By the way, have you seen this?)


W.M. Bear said...

They mostly come at night. Mostly.

razorsmile said...

"Game over, man! Game over!"

W.M. Bear said...

razor -- Not only were we on the same page (so to speak), we posted at virtually the same time. (Creepy! Must've been the Geiger reference.)

Mac said...

That's funny -- I came *really* close to posting the "game over" quote!

razorsmile said...

bear: nah, your post was up when I posted. We were apart by maybe a minute, no more :)

mac: Had to be done and I was just the man to do it :D

weevee: tczzhtfy (tzeentchify, what newly-converted Tzeentch* cultists do at church)

*Warhammer 40K