Wasp city discovered in abandoned house

Downright terrifying but quite interesting find in the Canary Islands off Morocco.

Seven-metre wasp nest found in abandoned house.

POLICE in San Sebastián de la Gomera have cordoned off an abandoned house after finding a seven-metre-long wasp nest.

Officers were called out by worried neighbours of the empty home in the island’s capital and say the nest was in an indoor hallway and contained literally millions of wasps.

The nest was measured (WHO DID THAT!) at 21’9” in length. Native wasps do not build such nests but possibly this is an invasive species of wasp from Africa. There is no word on if they took specimens of the insect. No one knows currently how to reach the owner of the house. One would surmise that the wasps will be exterminated.

Wasp nests are constructed by social species of wasps (some species are solitary) and are made of a tissue-paper-like substance. They chew wood and, mixed with their saliva, produces paper pulp making the next light and airy. They feed on nectar, fruits, carrion and sometimes are parasitic (really nasty process). They are not problematic to crops but they do have a nasty sting and pose a hazard to humans and animals.

Frankly, this is a job for a robot.

wasp nest

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  5 comments for “Wasp city discovered in abandoned house

  1. April 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    The article says they’ve been unable to contact the owner of the house. He… he’s IN THERE isn’t he?

  2. April 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    (You know, that “worthwhile” above the comments box may not stop me, but it always makes me pause, at least.)

  3. April 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    The Wasps and the Ants, and their relatives, will take over one day.

  4. eddi
    April 13, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    They are still looking for a robot willing to go in there. So far no takers. ex-Hollywood star Robbie was heard to say, “No way those things creep me out!”

  5. Dang Griffith
    April 15, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    If the house is abandoned, let the wasps live. Why destroy nature? Tell the neighbors to stay on their own property. (The article didn’t say the wasps were a nuisance.)

    @Rich–I think your comment was worthwhile. :-)

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