Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Somewhere in all of this, there's a horror movie. . .

What is that, you ask? Why it's a YELLOW JACKET nest! That's filling a CAR! In ALABAMA!

Says Associated Press:

The largest nest Ray has inspected this year filled the interior of a weathered 1955 Chevrolet parked in a rural Elmore County barn. That nest was about the size of a tire in the rear floor seven weeks ago, but quickly spread to fill the entire vehicle, the property owner, Harry Coker, said. Four satellite nests around it have gotten into the eaves of the barn, about 300 yards from his home.

"I'm kind of afraid for the grandkids. I had to sneak down there at dark and get my tractor out of the barn," Coker said. "It's been a disruption."

Coker said he may wait until a winter freeze to try to remove the nest.

In previous years, a yellow jacket nest was no larger than a basketball, Ray said. It would contain about 3,000 workers and one queen. These gigantic nests may have as many as 100,000 workers and multiple queens.

Without a cold winter to kill them this year, the yellow jackets continued feeding in January and February -- and layering their nests made of paper, not wax. They typically are built in shallow underground cavities.

Yellow jackets, often confused with bees, may visit flowers for sugar, but unlike bees, yellow jackets are carnivorous, eating insects, carrion and picnic food, according to scientists.


More where that came from.

If carnivorous yellow jackets start invading cars and barns and such. . .what will be left for US? And if global warming will lead to warmer winters and more scary, carnivorous bugs in our cars, I am completely down with whatever Al Gore wants me to do. I will BURN DOWN MY HOUSE if he keeps the bugs out of my car.

Via Blog of Madness.

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