Two large, healthy-looking POLISTES QUEENS have emerged from hibernation. One is crawling on the stairs, the other in the upstairs hallway. I noticed them when I was setting up the humidifier (belatedly) to soothe Bob’s and my ravaged membranes. It’s below zero out — a cold snap. Hope my polistes queens can go back to sleep. They’d never make it out there in today’s weather.

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