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Bee Expert's Terrifying Encounter With 6-Foot Deadly Yellow Jacket Nest (PHOTO/VIDEO)

By Julia Lynn Rubin j.rubin@hngn.com | Jun 25, 2013 11:30 AM EDT

Yellow Jacket
(Photo : flickr/Curt Deatherage)

An entomologist recently had a terrifying encounter while filming and destroying a gigantic Southern Yellow Jacket that towered over 6 feet tall and spanned 8 feet wide in Central Florida.  WFLA reports.

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"I have never seen a nest this large in my entire life," Jonathan Simkins said to WFLA while filming his encounter with the huge nest. "This is the prehistoric nest from the dinosaur ages."

Simkins, an expert on flying insects and the owner of Insect IQ, was wearing a protective full-body suit during his terrifying encounter with the nest. He has a degree in entomology from the University of Florida and has been working in the industry for over twenty years, traveling all across Florida to deal with honey bees, Africanized bees, yellow jackets and a variety of other stinging, flying insects.

The giant nest, which Simkins said may have contained more than a million insects, was reported on a privately-owned tract of land in Central Florida, and Simkins was called in to deal with it. He shot a video of the nest before eradicating it from the property, but doing so wasn't easy.

"To put it into perspective, a nest we deal with on a day to day basis might have a thousand to five thousand [insects]," Simkins said. "This nest did not have one queen, it has thousands of queens in there."

Simkins was immediately attacked by worker bees as he approached, the sound of non-stop buzzing heard in the video along with Simkins' tense voice. He used a special spray and his own secret technique to destroy the nest.

"I have to be honest with you, I was terrified at one point, and there were several times that I had to pull out and get a breather. My heart rate was racing, I had hundreds of them on my veil," said Simkins. He said that if someone unprotected and untrained had approached the nest, they could have been killed.

"We definitely did save lives," he said. "This land is hunted. It's leased out for hunters, if somebody comes across this, you're not going to get away. You can see in the video, I run a hundred yards away and I sill have thousands of yellow jackets chasing me, all over me, trying to kill me."

Credit: WFLA
Credit: WFLA

Click here to see Simkin's terrifying experience documenting the gigantic yellow jacket nest.

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