Greedy wasps meet their fate

Wasps are so intent on eating jam that they don’t take their personal safety into account. Yesterday they were feeding on a couple of little pots of jam before the rain came …… the pots then filled up with water and dozens of them drowned whilst still eating the jam. They should be nominated for the Darwin Awards! As a result I managed to collect a few dead specimens to get some better pictures of the German Wasp which I photographed a few days ago and also found some individuals of the Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris).

Common wasp1This is the face of a common wasp worker – the black face mark is shaped like an anchor

Common wasp2This is the body pattern – note four yellow spots on the thorax (chest) and the large downward facing triangle on the abdomen along with 3 pairs of black spots – a common species.

German wasp3Here is the German Wasp – three black dots – one larger – two small

German wasp2This also is a German Wasp – they can be quite variable – black line and two black dots

German wasp1The body of the German wasp – 4 yellow marks on the thorax (two are a bit hidden in this picture), a narrower downward facing triangle and the black dots.

I will see if I can find a red wasp and a Saxon wasp as the year unfolds for comparison (and a full set) – I think it is going to be a ‘good’ wasp year……

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