Sunday, April 14, 2013
Largest wasps nest: 22-Foot Nest breaks Guinness world record
MADRID, Spain -- A 22ft (seven metre) long wasps nest has been discovered in an abandoned house by police officers in San Sebastian de La Gomera on the island of Tenerife after a series of calls from concerned neighbours; it sets the new world record for the Largest wasp nest (indoor),
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Police officers in Spain have found a seven meter long nest of wasps in an abandoned house located in San Sebastian de La Gomera on Tenerife Island.
The Guinness world record for the largest wasp nest ever recorded was found on a farm at Waimaukau, New Zealand; it measured 3.7 m (12 ft 2 in) long, and was 1.75 m (5.25 ft) in diameter and approximately 5.5 m (18 ft) in circumference. It had probably been constructed by introduced German wasps (Vespula germanica).
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest bird's nest; it was built by a pair of bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), and possibly their successors, near St Petersburg, Florida, USA and measured 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in) wide and 6 m (20 ft) deep. It was examined in 1963 and was estimated to weigh more than two tonnes (4,409 lb).
A seven metre long wasps nest has reportedly been discovered in an abandoned house by police officers in San Sebastian de La Gomera on the island of Tenerife after a series of calls from concerned neighbours.
Experts said the wasps are believed to be an invasive species migrated from Africa as the native variety would not build a nest of such a large size.
The Canary Islands are located around 100km from the African coast.
Nests are typically made of a paper-like pulp. They are composed of wood-scrapings which the wasps chew with their saliva to create a papier-mache-like substance.
Officials had blocked the house off, and were still figuring out how to measure and then get rid of it.
Police are working to determine who owns the home.
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