Wasp nest

This year seems to have been the year for wasps here in our garden.

So far, P has found about half a dozen nests in various places including the bird nest boxes and around the house itself.

Yesterday evening he discovered a huge nest under the eaves, just outside our bedroom window.  Using a very long piece of tree branch that had been brought down by the last storm, he managed to dislodge part of it which fell down onto the patio slabs.

It broke apart and the larvae fell out and were scattered around so he left them for the birds to find as he thought it would be ideal food for the babies.

As he sat outside in the evening sun, he noticed that a colony of ants had discovered the larvae and were dragging them all off to their nest somewhere.

I am certainly not a fan of wasps or of ants but it is interesting to see the way that nature works when humans interfere.




4 comments:

  1. When my best friend moved to Devon from London in 1989 ; I took my children there for a visit. My daughter and her daughter were playing in the garden shed and came tearing into the house screaming their heads off and flapping their hands around their heads frantically. They had disturbed a wasp's nest and the wasps swarmed. I hadn't had such a good laugh for years! Luckily, neither were badly stung; it was trying to get the wasps out of their hair which was the most difficult part!

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    1. Oh no. I hate them. They always seem so vicious to me. Plus I am allergic so their sting would probably bring about an unpleasant reaction.

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  2. Horrid things. Lucky you got them in that early stage. We disturb wasp nests now and again, usually at that stage too thank goodness. Havent been attacked en masse but have been stung a few times, once on the finger with my wedding ring. The finger swelled a little and I panicked and made my husband cut it off, the ring not the finger!

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    1. Did you get a new ring? There is still some of the nest left up there which is thriving. P gives it a poke every so often to try to dislodge more of it but the wasps are, naturally, not very happy with him.

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