The swarm was really PO’d. Those smudges on the screen later on? That’s where the angry wasps tried to sting the camera.
Show this to the kid sister, or a Soy-Boy who can’t handle creepy crawlies.
You might even want to film their reaction to savor the fun again later.
The action starts to pick up around the 1:30 time stamp. And only gets better from there.
Wasps are one of those creatures that can really spark panic in people.
Would you have stuck around to film the whole thing or would that loud droning and the cloud of wasps bouncing off of you — even with the protective gear — have rattled your nerves?
The guy filming this isn’t out to destroy it, either. He’s got to keep it intact. For research.
This is a video of me digging an invasive German wasp (Vespula germanica) nest for my research on biological control wasps at Landcare Research in NZ. I’m not removing the nest to kill it. I need to keep the nest alive for my survey for parasites (like mites, fungus, etc.). Some nests will be re-housed into nest boxes for use in behaviour assays.
I have many years of experience and use specialized equipment to do this and still get the odd sting, so please don’t try to dig an active nest yourself! As you can see from the copious amount of venom on the camera lens, these wasps meant business.
If you would like to contact me about my research, I can be reached at: [email protected]
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