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tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jul 2019 1:26 p.m. PST

Should I make it more like a perennial yellow jacket nest, or a termite mound

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I might do a hybrid of the two. Perhaps with the very frightening yellow jacket/hornet nest on top of the more traditional giant mounds?

Stryderg05 Jul 2019 1:36 p.m. PST

Maybe vertical disks with holes on the edges. Picture a stack of diner plates standing on edge, half buried in the ground.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jul 2019 2:36 p.m. PST

That could work. I can use plastic plates!

Stryderg05 Jul 2019 6:58 p.m. PST

Or pie tins, attach them open end to open end, then offset the bottom ends to give them different heights.

Zephyr105 Jul 2019 7:29 p.m. PST

A big blob of expanding spray foam, poke holes in the sides for tunnels, then paint to taste… ;-)

Lion in the Stars05 Jul 2019 10:03 p.m. PST

I've always leaned more towards termite mounds from your descriptions, Terry.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART07 Jul 2019 1:20 a.m. PST

Nice idea from Zephyr1. Maybe use roller tubes from paper towels, toilet paper etc. and spray around them for the 'bug tunnels' and just cut away the excess paper. Instant symmetry.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2019 7:43 a.m. PST

I really like that wasp nest, perhaps inverted, though 'hanging' is kewl.

I would think building from common Kraft paper, spray coated, wouldn't be TOO tricky, but I've not tried.

Thanks, Terry!

Doug

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jul 2019 11:07 a.m. PST

I am thinking that perhaps young hives are all bio cement while the more mature ones, which have a higher proportion of flyers and are ready to produce a flight of reproductives (like ant and termites alates) have a cap of the paper layers under which tens of thousands of flyers waiting to be hurled into the air to fly off to make new hives or to defend the existing one.

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