Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Bee Wolves

On the south-facing edge of Rowney Warren today the Bee Wolves (Philanthus triangulum) were very active; starting burrows...

Digging them out...

Flying in with honey bee prey...

and dragging them to their burrows...

Each wasp can deposit around a hundred honey bees down their burrow as food for their offspring. With around a dozen or so wasps active they will put a small dent in the local bee population.

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