12 interesting facts about Yellow Jackets

1. The life of a Queen yellow jacket is quite a routine one that means they live their lives ina straight forward manner which enables them to live a longer life than other yellow jackets

2. Queen Yellow Jackets are the only type of yellow jackets to actually live and survive all the way through winter time as other yellow jackets can not possibly get through this cold period and survive

3. The yellow jacket is a ground nester, usually in abandoned rodent burrows. But other protected cavities, like voids in walls and ceilings of houses, sometimes are selected as nesting sites.

4. Pregnant Queen yellow jackets survive through the winter, but the males will all leave the nest and die. They only use their nest for one season.

5. Queen Yellow jackets will become pregnant before winter time by males who will depart the nest and die off because of the change in season

6. As they enter into spring time, around March and going on to May, they emerge from hibernation and ready for the next phase of their lives

7. Yellow jacket nests in Texas have been unearthed that were over 6 feet across and contained over 1 million cells by yellow jacket extermination experts.

8. Because the queen yellow jacket have been mated by yellow jacket males the pervious year, they will be ready to lay their eggs which will tend to number up to 70 which when hatched will become the worker yellow jackets

9. When the yellow jacket has layed her eggs, she will not leave the nest again until she dies, as the other yellow jackets will take up the work on her behalf leaving her to guard the nest.

10. When a yellow jacket nest is disturbed, defending workers may attack in numbers and inflict enough stings to create a life threatening situation for individuals hypersensitive to the venom making yellow jackets extermination not for the feint-hearted.

11. Yellow jacket colonies can number up to 5000 at one time and you may see these yellow jackets picking up tiny slivers of your deck or fence post which will be turned into the paper to construct their nest.

12. Yellow jacket workers have been known to forage up to 1800 feet from the nest, but their normal foraging range is about 1100 feet.

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NASCAR Race Drivers – How They Get Started

I got to wondering what is all involved to become a NASCAR Race Driver.  Some of the big names in racing today started as young as four years old!  A young child interested in becoming a NASCAR Race Driver may want to start young in the carting in your local area to get practice handling a vehicle, and get their name out there.  Some tracks that run open wheel Midgets and Sprints do allow drivers before they are of legal driving age on the tracks.  Some people suggest getting a “pit pass” to get in and talk to some officials and drivers. 

In reading up on this, I found out that someone’s physical condition can actually affect his or her ability to become a successful NASCAR Race Driver.  Physical health can affect their ability to tolerate the heat and intensity of the racing experience.  The weight of the driver can also be important, because every pound affects the car’s performance and speed.  A good education is a good thing to have to be a race driver because if someone would want to get a good sponsor, that sponsor needs to know they will be represented by a quality individual.  That means speaking well for the camera and also knowing more and more about the technology and new innovations with the race cars.

There are some other factors that I’ve never thought about drivers learning before becoming a NASCAR Race Driver.  For one, the development of hand-eye coordination is surely incredibly important.  I also found out that there are some driving courses and schools out there that prospective race drivers can attend to learn specific driving skills for this type of racing.  Learning about cars, everything about cars, is imperative to this arena.  The drivers must understand everything imaginable about a race car so that when it’s time to go, they can talk to their crew knowledgeably. 

It sounds like just about anyone could join the NASCAR race drivers if they have the drive (no pun intended), the dream, the determination, and the persistence.  Perhaps some natural talent for being behind the wheel is helpful too but, it can take years of training in other classes and a good stroke of luck to catch the eye of one of the big NASCAR teams. Even then, very few race drivers ever get the chance to hit it big in NASCAR.

Dave P Franklin is a regular contributor to the popular oval track racing blog, http://www.ovaltrackracer.com and other favorite NASCAR fan sites.