Last night I posted a photo of the outside of the massive wasp nest under the deck of my home. The wasps presumably enjoyed their last night in wasp mortality as the exterminator arrived at 7:00 a.m. armed with spray cans, video camera, and clean up gear. He sprayed outside the nest first, agitating the denizens of this extraordinary wasp home. Then when the buzzing and flitting around began to diminish, he sprayed up inside the home whereupon the dead wasps began dropping out (like flies?) on the deck below. Spraying lasted for an hour. Then the exterminator (I would far rather teach economics to bored students) knocked the nest down to the patio floor with a long pole. The above photos, offered in the advancement of scientific curiosity, show what we found. Apparently the wasps build layers of combs in which young wasp larva grow. This nest had five layers, like a layer cake. The exterminator told me this was only the second wasp nest this large he had seen in seven years, so I felt proud that we had set some kind of wasp home record. And to think that in my naive way I thought I could get rid of this beauty with one can of high-powered wasp spray. What a great imagination. Sorry if you don't like the photos, but they do offer some insight into what wasps are doing with their time inside their nests. Plus, if you have a science project in school, feel free to use the photos (with credit, of course).