Video has emerged showing a scientist bravely removing a wasp nest, despite a swarm of the insects attacking him during the excavation.

In the footage above, filmed in New Zealand, a huge swarm of German wasps can be seen flying at both camera lens and scientist as their home is uprooted.

Dr Bob Brown, who posted the video of himself online, assured viewers that he was wearing all the appropriate gear to prevent serious injury.


Accompanying the full length footage on YouTube, Dr Brown wrote: “I have many years of experience and use specialized equipment to do this and still get the odd sting, so please don't try to dig an active nest yourself!”   

“As you can see from the copious amount of venom on the camera lens, these wasps meant business.”

A landcare researcher scientist, Dr Brown excavated the nest in order analyse the parasites within it rather than kill it.

“I need to keep the nest alive for my survey for parasites (like mites, fungus, etc.). Some nests will be re-housed into nest boxes for use in behaviour assays.”