Saturday, 12 May 2007

Critter Spot: European Wasp...

Late afternoon on a late day in Autumn...

I had a walk around our property to see what critters there might be to photograph.

There is a distinct lack of abundance at this time of the year as the days get cooler and shorter.

However I did come across a number of European Wasps (Vespula germanica). Apparently, mating flights occur on fine, warm Autumn days (such as today), and this could have been why I saw so many in a small place. Alternatively, it could have simply been worker wasps attracted to a sweet sugary substance extruded by the particular gum tree that they were on.

Either way, there were far too many for me to spend more than a couple of minutes near them as they can be very aggressive.

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