We have had a long, long Winter and so it was no surprise that our little insect house looked a little battered and worn as it had battled through the Winter period. Now into the month of May, I needed to check the little wooden house out to see what if any maintenance would be required to make it usable to my six-legged friends. Disappointingly, the front door had snapped with the various frosts. I gently pulled down the little metal latches and prized down the front. To my surprise a tiny wasp nest was attached to the ceiling of the basement quarters. The nest was the new home of some German wasps, Latin name: Vespula germanica. This is the best wasp to have in the garden as it collects enormous amounts of insects to feed to its larvae and so is a highly valued predator. The wasp measures 18 mm and is easy to identify. To tell if you have this wasp in your garden – look at the wasp’s face from the front view and you will see three spots on its head.
Little Note: The Common Wasp is a little smaller almost measuring 17 mm in length. Identified by a curved ‘T’ shape or anchor when looking at it full-faced.