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Table 5 The personal records of an individual wasp collector in Akechi, Ena city, Gifu prefecture

From: Nested Houses: Domestication dynamics of human–wasp relations in contemporary rural Japan

Year No of trips Average group size Nests collected Nests per trip Nests per person Nests per person per trip Wasps hibernated
2002 37 4.28 69 1.9 16.1 0.4 2146
2003 39 3.9 79 2.0 20.3 0.5 3257
2004 42 3.63 96 2.3 26.4 0.6 1903
2005 41 2.46 53 1.3 21.5 0.5 1765
2006 29 2.66 28 1.0 10.5 0.4 5800
2007 22 2.95 19 0.9 6.4 0.3 1118
2008 29 2.72 23 0.8 8.5 0.3 2255
2009 25 2.64 20 0.8 7.6 0.3 2313
2010 26 2.69 12 0.5 4.5 0.2 2045
2011 24 2.59 13 0.5 5.0 0.2 3145
2012 29 2.52 10 0.3 4.0 0.1 2229
Average 31.2 3.0 38.4 1.1 11.9 0.4 2543.3
  1. For each year: ‘Number of trips’ indicates the total wasp chasing trips that he was a part of during the spring; ‘Average group size’ indicates the average number of people with whom he went on each trip; ‘Nests collected’ indicates the total nests collected by groups that he was a part of; ‘Wasps hibernated’ indicates the total number of wasps that he collected and put into protective boxes in the late autumn, for hibernation over the winter months