|Possibly a Median wasp (Dolichovespula media) on a Peony|
So, here are the facts:
- Firstly, Wasps have a clever defence mechanism. If they don't sting you and something or someone squashes it, then it emits are pheromone.
- This is one that all other wasps in the area are attracted to and the pick the closest target to drive off by stinging them.
- Unlike, bees who die after they sting you, wasps can sting as many times as they like. As bees have barbed stingers they get stuck in the skin.
- This is unlike Wasps which have smooth stingers and can sting multiple times. Some wasps can be very vicious about this and will sting lots of times in the same place.
- The Wasp I found is likely to be a Median Wasp which are the second biggest under the Hornet (though it might be the common wasp - but thought I'd go with Median for more interest and it was very big!)
- This Wasp was probably visiting the same Cotoneaster as the bee yesterday as the Median Wasp Queens do this in the Spring. This one is photo'd next to the Cotoneaster on a Peony.
- The first record of these scary insects was in 1982 but they are now quite wide-spread found as North as Northumberland.
Here are some links to more information:
And a Factsheet from New Zealand! (they get around these wasps!)
Hope you enjoyed,