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What eats bees?

I live in a suburban area that does not have any bears to the best of my knowledge. Two years in a row now, my wife and I have watched wasps make a large, beautiful nest (easily as big as a basketball), and in late September/early October we discover that the nest has been destroyed, with pieces of it on the ground and no trace of the bees. I'm assuming something is eating the bees -- racoon, skunk, or opposum, but it's a little surprising to me these mammals can tackle such a large nest of bees. What are the possibile explanations here?

Wildlife Expert - Ken Burton

Paper wasps (Yellowjackets and Hornets) are the insects that make these nests. The nest grows quickly during the spring and early summer as the colony grows and several generations of workers are produced. At the end of summer, the queen produces eggs that will develop into the males and females that will leave the nest to mate and start the process over the next year. When these reproductive wasps leave, the life of the colony is essentially over, the few workers left behind donít mount a resistance when the Jays and/or Crows move in to eat the few remaining larvae and pupae. It seems the Jays and Crows know exactly when they can move in and have access to the protein rich wasp babies without getting attacked. The same thing happens to those paper wasps that nest underground, foxes, coyotes and skunks dig up the nests when the season ends.

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