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by Andrew Mason Sutherland
on October 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM
I was misquoted in this ANR blog article. My comments to Mr. Fimrite were strictly about yellowjackets and their autumn behavior that results in interactions with humans. Here, directly from the article:  
The flying predators switch to eating mostly carbohydrates in the late summer for energy, said Andrew Sutherland, the Bay Area pest management adviser for the University of California cooperative extension. That often translates to raiding soda cans at picnics and, as a consequence, the plunging of stingers into mouths and tongues.  
"What happens now in late summer and fall is you have the largest density in the nest, so they are all foraging for sugar and carbohydrates," Sutherland said. "The search for sugar changes their behavior a little bit so they are more likely to come in contact with humans."  
Mr. Fimrite was looking for alarmist quotes that would point to an increase in wasp activity that was out of the ordinary. My response was that these interactions naturally increase each late summer and autumn. I was unaware that paper wasps were part of the story.
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