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A Different Kind Of Autumn Harvest: Yellow Jackets

These yellow jackets were frozen to death, which preserves the venom for immunotherapy treatments. (Chion Wolf/WNPR)
These yellow jackets were frozen to death, which preserves the venom for immunotherapy treatments. (Chion Wolf/WNPR)

It’s that time of the year when farmers are finishing up the last of the fall harvest. But it’s not just fruits and vegetables that are being gathered in.

For a handful of people, it’s the last chance to harvest stinging insects before the cold weather kills them off.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Tucker Ives of WNPR reports on one man who has collected pounds of yellow jackets to help out homeowners and people with bee sting allergies.

He then sells the stinging insects to medical labs, for use in immunotherapy treatments.

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  • Tucker Ives reporter for WNPR and producer of WNPR’s morning news program “Where We Live.” He tweets @tives.

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