Wasps

Saxon Wasp

Dolichovespula saxonica worker wasp feeding on honey on a white background stage. This year was the first time we have had this species of social wasp nesting here. Over the years we have now recorded all the British species with the exception of the Cuckoo Wasp ( Vespula austriaca). Apart from

Carnivorous Mellinus

Recently I was attempting to photograph Aculeates around an area of flowering Heather (Calluna vulgaris).It was sunny and warm and several female Mellinus arvensis wasps were around the heather, apparently hunting the many flies feeding on the flowers. These are a species that provision the nest cells with various

Wasp Workers

Worker wasps of  Vespula rufa (left) and Dolichovespula sylvestris feeding on honey. 6th August 2015 Canon EOS 7D 100mm macro lens and twin-light flash. 1/250th second, f/14, ISO 125.

The 'Bee Hotel'

A couple of years ago I brought all my cardboard bee tubes, wooden blocks, and the like,  together into a new construction the ‘Bee Hotel’. Previously they had been scattered around the garden, but putting them all together on a south-east facing wall has made observing them much easier. Osmia

Norwegian Wasp

Dolichovespula norwegica Worker wasp gathering wood pulp for nest building. From our garden gate.

Potter Wasp

Eumenes pomiformis I found this male wasp roosting after sunset in an almond orchard in Provence.

Cerceris in Flight

Coming back to her nest hole in the ground carying a weevil. 21st June 2012. Ariege Pyrenees, France. Canon EOS 5D 100mm macro lens, twin-light macro flash. 1/200th second,  f22, ISO 100.

Mason Wasp

Ancistrocerus parietinus Female feeding on a Yarrow flower.

Norwegian Wasp

Dolichovespula norwegica Feeding on a gooseberry flower. Wasps are important pollinator of soft-fruit crops, most of which are ignored by Honey Bees. We can manage very well without Honey bees, but not without wasps and wild bees.