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Re: Insects

Postby nuthatch » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:12 am

:D

Placi , didn't you come across a used wasps' nest in your garden? ... you posted a pic?
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Re: Insects

Postby Placido » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:54 am

Yes Nuthatch, I found a broken-in-two nest. It was about the size of a large golf ball and I've no idea whence it originated. It was empty and I s'pose it was an aborted attempt.
Actually, I've still got it :).
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Re: Insects

Postby nuthatch » Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:37 pm

Opened the nest box just now - the one with the wasps' nest in. OH had scraped the outside bits off, probably before Christmas. I hadn't realised he hadn't cleaned the inside out until the other week.

There's still some stuck inside, which I'll clean out another day. Of course it had become a bit decayed and dusty but also mouldy in places where it's still stuck to the walls and roof of the box.

There were two wasps visible in there - one deceased, no more, the other one was dozy and flew away quite soon after the sun had been on the nest a little while.

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Re: Insects

Postby Jacksparrow » Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:49 pm

It looks like some Queen Wasps had hibernated in there.
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Re: Insects

Postby Placido » Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:44 pm

Fascinating pix, Nuthatch. I recall the intricate external spirals last summer. Quite a sight.
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Re: Insects

Postby nuthatch » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:53 am

Oh :( do you think I should have closed it back up and left it a while? :unsure:
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Re: Insects

Postby Jacksparrow » Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:49 pm

The queens should be getting airborne about now so it is probably OK.
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Re: Insects

Postby Jacksparrow » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:44 pm

Craneflies a.k.a. Daddy Longlegs
It is DL season and so far to date I have only seen one :eek:
Over recent years the numbers I have seen has been steadily declining. Is it just my locality or countrywide :shrug:
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Re: Insects

Postby Placido » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:02 am

Good question - all I can say is that the wasp/dl ratio see-saws in direct ratio: one plentiful this season, the other plentiful the next season.
I think there have been more wasps than daddys this year, therefore next year we can all have unmolested outdoor picnics with lots of jam but an increase in dls.
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