On Saturday the 7th we had our annual family gathering. The kids were all in the area and all got stung. Matisse (above) who is 6 got stung 4 times. So, I get to my question…..do wasps have memories?
The spot they were stung is the same location I got stung 10 times 4 years ago when I was excavating a tree trunk. The wasps moved 15 feet to a hive in the vineyard and I boiled them last year. So…they like that location. After the kids all got stung, my friend and I flamed them…..scary, funny video…..wasps and wine don’t mix.
Yesterday I was near the spot where everyone got stung a few weeks ago and got stung 2 or 3 times on my calf, but I wasn’t messing with the hive. My calf and foot are now swollen to about double. Hope it goes down soon. I just wonder if they remembered me burning them and then hitting them with boiling water and excavating them? I guess I would be upset if someone did that to me.
While we were laying out the weed cloth….we found a ground wasp nest. While I don’t like to get stung, they are considered to be beneficial around home gardesn to control caterpillars, spiders and flies. Too bad for these guys that I didn’t want them where they were, so I got rid of them with boiling water at dusk. Took two tries….but they have now either perished or moved. Last night I looked took dirt off the top and found out how big it was. It is hard to tell from the picture, but it is around 1 foot deep and 1 foot across. By the way……I uncovered the nest last night and it had a lot of the comb left….but by this morning some animal had gone into the nest and feed on the comb!