I have been in my new home for a little over a week and I have some basic observations about Hymenoptera on my part of the mountain. Yellowjackets are by far the most prevalent type of wasp that I have encountered. The company that surveyed my property made it seem like my forest was full of nests, but I have only seen the ones in my bait traps and around my hummingbird feeder. The bait trap was exclusively Vespula squamosa while the hummingbird feeder has been covered by a mix of V. squamosa and V. maculifrons. I encountered no nests the two times I hiked to the back of my property.
I had a few Polistes nests around my house when I moved in. P. exclamans and P. carolina seemed to be the most abundant. I also spotted an unknown Crabronidae that flies and hovers similar to the Trypoxylon punctivertex I captured in Fort Worth. I have truthfully been a little disappointed thus far in the diversity of wasps. I plan on surveying as soon as I can get a new microscope but that might be a while.
I am most excited about the ants, however. I have already noticed differentiation of species dependent on soil types and hill slope position. I am planning on cutting a transect through my property and surveying the ants. I have diverse habitats and I will write a little biodiversity report about species and nest location preference.
For now, that is all that I have for you. I am still unpacking but I already have about a dozen collections I want to do. Stay tuned for the results of these expeditions.