Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Not too close

Some critters you do not want to get too close to, or aggravate are our native paper wasps and in summer we have always some nests around the house or in the gardens. It is wise to find where they are so you can keep your distance, as the stings are very painful (fortunately they are not as aggressive as the European wasp which is becoming a pest in many areas).

This nest is under the guttering of our deck and not really presenting much of a problem so they can stay put. Part of the family Vespidae these are one of the Polistes sp. and tend to only have relatively small nests where as one of the other species that we see favors building their nests on the rear of our shed and has nest colonies that number in the hundreds.

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