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Terry Prouty
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    January 9
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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Vespids/
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    Wasp Enthusiast
    I am an enthusiast of social wasps (aka: hornets, yellowjackets, and paper wasps). I am also an avid collector of their huge nests. The bigger the better! One of the main reasons why I am so passionate about wasps is because the nests which they build are very beautiful and intricate. These marvelous creations are truly masterpieces of nature! I've been collecting them since I was a young teenager growing up in Louisiana back in the 1980's after seeing a collection of empty Dolichovespula maculata (bald-faced hornet) nests at a neighbor's home. That did it for me! So, for the past 35 years, I have joined in the little-known hobby of wasp nest collecting. I've had numerous wasp nest collections over the years. Though I started my current collection back in the year 2000. Nearly all my trophy nests have come from the Internet. I find them online and then they are shipped to me. Most of them are sent from people around the USA. However, I've had some nests shipped to me from as far away as South America and Asia! Here is a photographic tour of my wasp nest museum. There are twelve photos which beautifully showcase some of my GIANT wasp nests. Please read the descriptions on each photo. Enjoy! :)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Vespids/permalink/1596088497164571/

    Although most people think of wasps as pests, they benefit mankind and the environment in many ways. They help control arthropod pests by preying on large numbers of them. Just think of wasps as natural pest control! This really does help to cut down on the use of harmful pesticides. This is healthier for our environment in the long run. It is much better for a gardener to allow a wasp nest to grow on his/her property and have the wasps prey on the garden pests rather than spraying poison on the vegetables! By the way, wasps are pollinators too. They are also used in research and experiments. For example, wasp venom has been discovered to KILL CANCER CELLS without hurting surrounding healthy cells. How awesome is that!!! [​IMG]<3 In some places in the world, people use the immature stages (larvae and pupae) of wasps as food for a nutritious source of protein. Therefore, the benefits to humans far outweigh the harm which they do.

    Here is my message to everybody:

    ***Hornets, yellowjackets, and paper wasps should NOT be needlessly killed. I definitely understand the need to remove a nest that is built in a bad location where it is too close to human activity. However, if a nest is built in an out-of-the-way location on your property, then it should be left alone so these beneficial insects can perform pest control duties for you. We need wasps more than they need us!***

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