Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Wasp wave

A warning was issued yesterday that we may well be in for a swell in the number of wasps and wasp nests this year owing to the type of Winter we have experienced. When anyone mentions the word wasp most of us think of the yellow and black insect that dons a painful punch in the form of a sting. There are however many more varieties the largest of which is the Hornet (Vespa crabro), followed by the two versions that we see around sweet sticky foods and fruits the Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and the German wasp (Vespula germanica), the Red wasp (Vespula rufa), the Tree wasp (Dolichovespula sylvestris), the Norwegian wasp (Dolichovespula norwegica), and the Median wasp (Dolichovespula media) a species that arrived in Britain around 1980.

Whilst venturing up into the loft, I was surprised to see the small circular beginnings of a German wasp nest attached to the main beam overhead and neatly packaged in a little space on the right-hand side of the wood. Both the Common and the German wasp nests are created out of a sort of paper which is made by the wasps. German wasp nests differ from the Common wasp nests in their colour, as the German wasp nest is grey in appearance.

 

Wasp nest

German wasp (Vespula germanica), nest

4 comments:

Noner said...

Having been stung many, many times by many, many wasps, I hate them ALL!!!

Mike said...

I have nests of wasps around the gardens every year. They seem to leave me alone, but terrorize every one who comes to visit.

Tina said...

Interesting. I never realized there were so many different types of wasps. It's nice to hear of something flourishing while we sit concerned about our bee population.

Personalized Pens said...

Interesting that there is so many different species of wasps. Is there any difference in there stings? Or in the potency of their venom?