The Ice Queen

Found this stunner of a wasp at Merrions Wood on the 31st December – its a queen Median Wasp (Dolichovespula media) and she was found hibernating under a log (you can see the frost on her hairs!).  Its the second time I’ve recorded this species at Merrions Wood, and only the third record for Walsall, so I’m pretty chuffed to have ended 2014 with such an awesome species!

Can’t wait for the sun to come back and for the bees to come back out so I can get cracking on the 2nd edition of the Bees of Walsall.

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