Wasp nest

Wasp nest
Wasp nest

We are assuming this is a nest of the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) as they have a wide range of habitats; they can forage on multiple food sources such as caterpillars, insects, nectar and  fruit.

After coming out of hibernation in the spring, the queen begins looking for nesting sites. Chewed wood fibres are mixed with saliva to mould the nest.

I don’t believe the queen got as far as laying eggs as the nest looks incomplete with cells not having the depth to hold developing larvae.

Perhaps the queen abandoned this site in the nest box because a blue tit started bringing nesting material in, or perhaps she just found a better nest site.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s