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Yellowjackets in Christmas trees

Balsamfirsjpeg_copy They are not the kind of ornaments people like to see on the boughs of a balsam fir.

Some yellowjackets found in a shipment of Christmas trees to Hawaii have island dwellers in a panic. Four containers, each holding 300 trees, were quarantined after they were found to be buzzing with live yellowjackets.

Some news stories have called them wasps, but apparently the insects were an aggressive species of yellowjacket known as Vespula Germanica -- the German yellowjacket.

The trees reportedly were shipped from the Pacific Northwest -- our neck of the woods. Oops.

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is currently inspecting all the containers.

November 28, 2007 in Yellowjackets | Permalink

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