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According to researchers with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University, Alabamians should be on the lookout for “giant” yellow jacket nests that could span several feet across and contain thousands of workers.

The researchers believe that mild winters and readily available food supplies may factor into these unusually large, perennial nests, but they’re not sure what other issues might be involved.

If you happen to see one of these huge nests, do not go near it. Please.

Charles Ray, an entomologist and research fellow at Auburn University would like for people who do find a nest to contact him so he can document the nest and collect specimens. His email address is

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