Winter Searching for Paper Wasp and Yellow Jacket Nests
An aerial paper nest made by yellow jackets. (Photo: Karen McDonald)
Exploring Paper Wasp Nests (and yellow jackets too!)
Winter is the perfect time to look for things that are typically hard to see when trees are in leaf. This includes birds, mistletoe, and wasp nests. It's not unusual to see yellow jacket nests that are grey, round, and large in the upper branches of trees, but how much do we really know about paper wasps and yellow jackets? Are they still in there over the winter? Is it safe to approach? Let's look at these fascinating creatures in more detail.