It is finally Walsall Wasp Awareness Day, and we’re finishing off our Wasps of the Day with our very own Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)! Although most people could, to say the least, do without them, they do provide a valuable ecosystem service by eating flies, aphids, and caterpillars. So they are a friend to gardeners if not to picnickers!
In my previous post, I gave you some tips on how to avoid the carb-crazy late-summer wasps, and I’ll be tweeting throughout the day on #WaspWatch / @walsallwildlife with more wasp facts.
Last summer, I kept my eye on a Vespula vulgaris nest (from a distance! they are one of the more aggressive species!) and when all activity had died down, I went back to the site of the nest (in Cuckoos Nook and the Dingle) and dug up the nest! Their hexagonal structure in rows supported and separated by a lattice of delicate paper columns is nothing short of a marvel.
The nest was in a hollow beneath a railway sleeper on the side of the path (Common Wasps usually nest underground). It took a good bit of digging but was well worth the effort!
Anyway, off to work, keep an eye on my twitter feed for more waspy goodness!