I seem to be finding more Fauna than Flora these days – here’s my latest find, on an awning outside my home.
Our local wasps are slightly smaller (around 2cm/0.8 inches long) than the European hornet, a close relative of the Paper Wasp, and are only aggressive if their nest is disturbed/attacked.
The wasps here are all female – and sterile! – except for one, the Queen, who lays the eggs and co-opts the females into extending the nest and feeding the larvae.
Towards the end of Summer the Queen will start to lay eggs that hatch into males and other fertile females that then hibernate over Winter before the cycle starts again next Summer.
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