[NAFEX] yellow jackets?
iluvdanc at rochester.rr.com
Mon Apr 28 16:27:47 EDT 2008
Unfortunately I am very familiar with yellow jackets- a couple of years ago
they found a way to nest in the outside wall our house, and my husband in
his infinite wisdom blocked it up. We then had yellow jackets in the house
for months trying to find their way out.
I was surprised, too, so see him so early, I think it was a scout-- havent
seen any since, but lots of wasps-- out early because we had 19 days of 70
and 80 degree weather. One day (I think the 15th) was 86 degrees!!! in
APRIL! The average temp for April around here is 46, it was 40 degrees
hotter than average. Today we are getting our first rain in 3 weeks and
temps are dropping back down into the 40s and 50s with a possible freeze
Tuesday night. Everything is in or has already bloomed so a bad freeze
might be the end of our fruit for this year.
We have seen on the apples next to yellow jackets a yellow jacket- look-a-
like that is twice the size and thicker in the middle. Havent ID'd it yet.
I did see one bumble bee yesterday, but still no honeybees.
Dianne in Rochester NY, Zone 5
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna &/or Kieran" <holycow at cookeville.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 4:42 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Honey Bees?
> Yellowjackets? This time of year??? If I could find the danged things
> this time of year I'd kill I could find, but they're always invisible till
> late summer. I realize that drought favors yellow jackets, but still, I
> find it hard to believe that's what you are seeing. Could they be
> hoverflies or some kind of bee? Donna
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