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Offline sprucebunny

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Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« on: August 28, 2010, 07:06:42 pm »
There has been a hornet's nest next to my mill all summer. I thought it was yellowjackets in the ground or sawdust but I guess not  :D

This box is only about 16" tall so the entrance to the nest was 7-8 inches off the ground.

I love winter and sincerely hope that the wivestale about the height of hornet nests predicting the snowfall is a myth  :o

 

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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2010, 07:45:57 pm »
Nice to here them tales, but I never gave them much thought. :D I'm sure there will be lots of snow, and early. :D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2010, 10:08:43 pm »

    :D :D :D
 I hope not , I saw one today that is at the end of a colvert in the ditch , so that would make it below grade ...  ::) Not much snow there .  :D
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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2010, 10:15:04 pm »

 I was talking with My daughter Andrea this evening. She informed me that they need to take the wooden covers off the Septic tanks as they would be coming around to empty them this coming week .....  Well guess what is under the cover , four inch space by 2foot square bee nest . She mandated her boyfriend and he got one of his friends to help out  :D :D :D  They managed to open it and get the nest out with out to much damage  :D :D
  So that makes two that I know of below grade ...  :D :D :D
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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2010, 10:41:00 pm »
I guess that makes it a real "Honey Pot".   What do you do with honey made inside of a septic tank in Canada? ;D
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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2010, 11:07:20 pm »
  Sold as   " Export grade "     :-X ;D
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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2010, 12:54:54 am »
Now that's funny no matter where ya live. :D

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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2010, 10:52:43 am »
   My father kept bees all his adult life and he told me that bees are natures finest weathermen.  He had a good theory on bees....
   Big nest/lots of bees= cold winter...seems bees suround the queen and keep her warm.
       The colder the winter the more bees needed.
   Nests in the ground= dry summer
   Nests under cover= rainy summer
   Nests high in trees= calm winds
   Nests low to ground= lots of wind

   In the 50+ years since pop first told me this I have watched the bees every spring and they have yet to be wrong in their predictions.
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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2010, 01:21:23 pm »
This all has me wondering if 'bees' and 'hornets' are equal when it comes to weather knowledge ???
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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2010, 02:09:58 pm »
As far as bumble bees are concerned only the queen overwinters and is pregnant. She lays her eggs to produce workers in the spring to help with the next generation. If she dies in mid winter, that's the end of her line. ;) 

You can find hornets nests to meet all those criteria in any given year. :D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2010, 02:29:53 pm »
Don't know about hornets, but do you  have onions?

Onion's skin very thin,
mild winter coming in;

Onion's skin thick and tough,
coming winter cold and rough.

Checked our onions, skins plenty tough.

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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2010, 12:02:27 pm »
When I was on my last saw-job, I spotted a paper nest, just off the woods roadway that was lower than the windows on my truck.

Yesterday I started another job and spotted a paper nest on a phone pole, right where the fiber optic cable connects to the hardware.

So around here it's hard to tell what the snow fall will be.
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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2010, 12:03:25 am »
It sounds like they are predicting some serious snowdrifts,Chuck :)
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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2010, 11:39:46 pm »
I found another paper nest while picking some elderberies. This one is just below knee height, one of the inhabitants came around and stung me on an ankle , they where predicting that I was not going to be picking dem dere elderberries this year . :-\
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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2010, 03:00:50 am »
That's what happened the last time I picked chokecherries. I never picked any since. Always hitting yellow jacket nests picking those darn things. I got in a nest of'm Monday cutting brush, and true to their habit they were in rotten wood in the ground and were not very happy with my feet in their nest. :D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Do hornet's nests predict winter severity ?
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2010, 11:44:27 am »
Here's another winter predictor:

If on a sunny September day,
on logs turtles bask and lay,
winter will only last for forty days.

But if on a dark September day,
turtles are seen trudging in a southerly way,
Buy a parka without delay!

 :)