Friday, August 25, 2006

The Stuff of Nightmares and Horror Flicks

Giant nests perplex experts
By Garry Mitchell
The Associated Press


Yellowjackets (*shudder*)

"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."

"We're not really sure how this multiple queen thing works," Ray said. "It could be that the daughters of the original queen don't leave the nest or that the queens have developed some way to cooperate."

Sounds like Darwin's theory at work.

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