Author Topic: Yellow Jacket Nest in Apiary  (Read 417 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Jen

  • Platinum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 10027
  • Thanked: 206 times
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Upper California
Re: Yellow Jacket Nest in Apiary
« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2022, 03:21:17 pm »
Good Lord Amighty! The raccoons gotta get stung hard doing that!
There Is Peace In The Queendom

Offline The15thMember

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 302
  • Thanked: 31 times
  • Gender: Female
  • Traveler of the Multiverse, Seeker of Knowledge
  • Location: Western North Carolina
Re: Yellow Jacket Nest in Apiary
« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2022, 03:42:08 pm »
Good Lord Amighty! The raccoons gotta get stung hard doing that!
I know!  Mr. Schmidt goes on to discuss how we often don't really understand the mechanisms by which animals that prey on wasps, bees, and ants deal with getting stung so much.  Perhaps they are more resistant to the venom or have more protection from their fur or skin thickness, or they just take it better than people do because they are hungry.  Probably a combination of factors.   
I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led.  And through the air, I am she that walks unseen.

Offline Lastfling

  • Regular Member
  • **
  • Posts: 96
  • Thanked: 6 times
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: NC
Re: Yellow Jacket Nest in Apiary
« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2022, 09:44:58 am »
Instead of raccoon, I would consider a skunk to be a more likely destroyer of the nest.  In answer to Jen’s question -  they are after the larvae in the nest - yum.  I usually find several nest a year that are dug out.  Better than me finding them with my weed eater or lawnmower 🥴

Offline Zweefer

  • Administrator
  • Gold Member
  • *******
  • Posts: 1713
  • Thanked: 142 times
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Eau Claire WI
Re: Yellow Jacket Nest in Apiary
« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2022, 01:09:25 pm »
 :yah:
Keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.
Henry David Thoreau

Offline The15thMember

  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 302
  • Thanked: 31 times
  • Gender: Female
  • Traveler of the Multiverse, Seeker of Knowledge
  • Location: Western North Carolina
Re: Yellow Jacket Nest in Apiary
« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2022, 01:52:15 pm »
Instead of raccoon, I would consider a skunk to be a more likely destroyer of the nest.  In answer to Jen’s question -  they are after the larvae in the nest - yum.  I usually find several nest a year that are dug out.  Better than me finding them with my weed eater or lawnmower 🥴
A skunk is certainly also a possibility, but I haven't noticed any signs that my bees have been bothered, and skunks will go after adult bees and wasps too.  I just feel like with my hives RIGHT THERE, a skunk would have returned for the bees, whereas a raccoon is more of an opportunist.  Also we've seen raccoons in the goat pasture, which is right behind my apiary, before, whereas we've never seen a skunk on our property. 
I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led.  And through the air, I am she that walks unseen.