After a weekend in Veraguas I arrived back in Boquete with lots of housekeeping left to do. My venturing out on the back deck to get laundry started, though, lead a concerned neighbor to call out a cautionary "Watch out!" He pointed to one of the poles supporting my deck roof. This is what greeted my curious gaze:
Apparently while I was away, a colony of black wasps came to play. Called the fire department, because that's who takes care of these infestations in Boquete. They came and managed to chase off [assasinate] most of the unwanted guests, but this evening all the stragglers returned and I now have a smaller colony nested for the night. Called once more, but no one came. Will need to try again tomorrow, I suppose.