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  •  Great diary, F'bob (2+ / 0-)
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    foresterbob, Polly Syllabic

    Its uncanny how one of your nest pics resemble my own front yard tribulations

    I was utterly enthralled by your description and pics of the hornets preying on the YJs. How interesting!  But who do I cheer for?

    I'm inclined to believe hornets and wasps do possess a powerful collective consciousness.  Don't they all die out every fall?  Yet the new generation seems to find the prime nesting and feeding spots every year, without any local knowledge from the elders.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 10:56:26 PM PDT

    •  It's hard to know which side to cheer for. (1+ / 0-)
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      Polly Syllabic

      Yellow jackets fall victim to hornets, bears, and skunks, but they are certainly in no danger of extinction.

      Hornets are near the top of the insect food chain. Luckily for us, they have to start over each spring.

      I suspect that scientists will eventually discover some fascinating clues about the ways insects can pass knowledge to each other, and to successive generations.

    •  I once saw a bald hornet eat a YJ (3+ / 0-)

      in exactly the way Bob describes, except that after tackling it in midair they both landed in water at the edge of a stream.  Even in the water it took less than half a minute to dismember it and fly off with the remains.

      Reasonable suspicion? How can being wrong 98.6% of the time ever be reasonable?

      by happymisanthropy on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 01:40:21 PM PDT

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