[Tweeters] OT Yellowjackets & Tent Caterpillars

Tom and Carol Stoner tcstonefam at gmail.com
Wed Sep 1 19:45:01 PDT 2021

At Nisqually today, out on the dike, I noticed a yellowjacket caught in a
tent caterpillar web. It wasn't trapped but trying to get through the silk
and inside. As I watched 2 more showed up and worked their way in. It
seemed like they were after the frass left behind by the caterpillars. One
of them actually grabbed a small chunk of dark material in its mouth. I
didn't see any caterpillars in the nest. None of the other tents I
examined on my way out to the boardwalk had yellowjackets trying to enter.

Any ideas about what the yellowjackets may have been up to?

Carol Stoner
West Seattle, bridgeless since 3/2020
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