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A Massive Wasp Nest in Spain is Believed to have Set a new Record



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A massive wasp nest was discovered in an abandoned house located in Spain. Measured to be almost 22-feet long (approximately seven meters), this wasp nest is believed to have broken the Guinness World Record for the largest wasp nest.

According to Science World Report, the humongous wasp nest was found at a deserted house in San Sebastian de la Gomera on the Island of Tenerife. The nest was described as almost covering up an entire room.

Several concerned neighbors had been calling police. With a nest that size, it is likely the activity from the wasps was significant in the neighborhood and people began to notice something was going on in the house.

Police arrived in response to investigate the situation. After coming out to the home to follow up on the calls, what police found was definitely not your average wasp nest. Authorities were reportedly shocked at the millions of wasps present inside the dwelling and at the enormous size of the nest.

Access to the abandoned dwelling was blocked off by the police. Media reports indicate that police are trying to locate the owner of the house, but had not been successful at the time of publish.  

The insects are not believed to be native to this region in Spain. Local wasps typically live in gardens and are not capable of building nests of this size.  According to Think Spain, experts believe the wasps are an invasive species of an African variety that live about 100 miles away off the coast of Morocco.

The Daily Mail reported that according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest nest was found in New Zealand during the spring of 1963. That nest was 12 feet (3.7 meters) long. That nest was outdoors and became so heavy it collapsed in two pieces.

At time of this writing, the Guinness Book of World Records' website still has this nest found at a farm in Waimaukau, New Zealand as the largest one on record. In that incident, authorities believed the nest was constructed by introduced German wasps (Vespula germanica).

In addition to trying to locate the owner of the house in Spain, police are also currently trying to figure out how to get rid of the wasp nest, which is reportedly proving to be a difficult assignment.  At the time of report, no solution for removal of it has presumably not yet been reached.

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