Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Wasp and brush up

I think this is a Dolichovespula media a relative newcomer to the UK, seen this evening at Mowsbury Hill LNR. Here it is cleaning an antenna, while combing its hair and cleaning a wing, while standing on a tripod. Well, if you have six legs you may as well use them all...

It, and another similar wasp (this may even be the other one) repeatedly worked over the flowers of a figwort. On one occasion an unfortunate hoverfly was enountered on a flower and quickly dewinged and digested. (I'll spare you the photos).

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