Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Yellow Jacket Nest
Under our back porch, I found this nest unattended mid-June. I removed it and took some pictures before putting it in the birdfeeder.
At the center of the nest were capped cells, pupa preparing to emerge. Following a spiral shape outward are younger and younger larva. In this picture, the capped cells are at the top, then in the upper right an older larva, diagonally down and left a younger larva, to the left an even younger one, and so on. At the bottom of the picture are cells with single eggs and a clear drop of liquid. It's like being able to watch the development of this insect using time elapse photography.