This is a wasp (Vespula vulgaris): Wasps can sting. What do you usually do if you see one? Run away? Swat at it with a rolled up magazine? Panic? But what are the chances of the wasp actually stinging you? Quite low, unless it perceives you as a threat. But still, many of us are…… Continue reading Butterfly Privilege
Over the long Easter weekend, I took part in a local photo marathon: Ffoto Marathon Pasg (that’s Easter Photo Marathon in Welsh). As we’re all on lock-down, the idea was to take photos on various topics while staying at home. On each of the days of the 4-day weekend, a new topic was given out…… Continue reading Easter Photo Marathon
A bit of a discussion ensued the other day when I was looking at my photos and was about to label a Common Wasp, when it turned out that it might not be a Common Wasp but a Tree Wasp. Often with wasps, the tendency is to run away and not spend time thinking about…… Continue reading When is a Wasp not a Wasp?
On a recent walk we came across this Wasp. I presume she was female as she was rather large. It seemed to me that she was attempting to show Wasps in a new light – trying to rebrand the Wasp family as friendly, pretty insects…
I spent most of today in bed with a migraine and it’s only now that I feel safe looking at a screen again to write this. To be quite honest I am so sick of dealing with various varieties of pain and could really do with a bit of a break from it. I still…… Continue reading Galling
Despite the wind, I had a potter round the garden and took a few photos. The Ivy is a hive of activity with many flies, and a lot of wasps all busily clambering about. Wasps make me a little nervous but these ones were so busy they barely noticed me so I risked a few…… Continue reading Waspiness
Earlier this month this little guy came to visit. I just realised I hadn’t blogged him. He was a very small and very colourful wasp – a Ruby-Tailed Wasp. We discovered him on the kitchen window – hence the weird reflections in the double glazing. The following day there were 2 of them on the…… Continue reading Ruby-Tailed Wasp
I am not a fan of wasps and tend to run away when I see them but this one was staying still long enough for me to venture near for a photo. It was nibbling my garden chair, presumably to turn into a nest. I just hope it’s not trying to nest in my shed,…… Continue reading Fluffy Wasp