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Queen Median Wasp (Dolichovespula media) I was standing in my garden this morning staring at the Ivy on one fence, in disappointment and disbelief<br />
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Most of the new growth, which I&#039;ve been monitoring following my recent neighbour&#039;s attempt to massacre the Ivy, died in the frost overnight..... <br />
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Then I spotted this Queen......   <section class="video"><iframe width="448" height="282" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/bOXAjlo47pE?hd=1&autoplay=0&rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></section>                      Dolichovespula media,Geotagged,Median wasp,Spring,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Queen Median Wasp (Dolichovespula media)

I was standing in my garden this morning staring at the Ivy on one fence, in disappointment and disbelief

Most of the new growth, which I've been monitoring following my recent neighbour's attempt to massacre the Ivy, died in the frost overnight.....

Then I spotted this Queen......

    comments (14)

  1. Ugh, sorry about your ivy! I hope it can grow back. Fantastic spotting, though! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Please add the geotag. Thanks! Posted 2 months ago
      1. Good point... Posted 2 months ago
    2. I wouldn't have minded (too much) if they had lightly trimmed their side of the fence but they actually reached over and cut thick branches from my side.

      The neighbour apologised when I spoke to him, and said he didn't really kniow what he was doing.

      Then he asked for my phone number, so he could consult the next time.

      I couldn't resist....:

      "Do you not know where I live"?
      Posted 2 months ago
      1. I think the vast majority of people have no idea how to garden in a wildlife-friendly way or why that even matters. I'm still happily surprised your neighbor is decent enough to admit a mistake. I secretly hope he would get to know about all your wonderful discoveries and gets hooked himself.

        But I guess that means directly facing another human :)
        Posted 2 months ago
        1. When they moved in I spoke to them about the gardens mentioning the rare species found there and particularly the value of the Ivy.

          They said they like to "live in sync with nature" since then they've cut down a large Noweegain Spruce, completely covered one flower bed with woodchip and hard cut back the Ivy (which will recover, I think).

          I'll keepn working on them ::-)
          Posted 2 months ago
          1. You're fighting the good fight, Philip :). Posted 2 months ago
            1. Have you heard of this website?
              https://www.rewildingbritain.org.uk/explore-rewilding/what-is-rewilding
              Posted 2 months ago
              1. I have now!

                Thank you.
                Posted 2 months ago
                1. You're welcome! Posted 2 months ago
          2. Play on things people care about: time and money.
            "See, when you leave this bit alone, it's good for wildlife. Plus you get to do even less."
            Posted 2 months ago
            1. That tactic is top of my list......because it's true. Posted 2 months ago
  2. Great even lighting and focus was spot on. Posted 2 months ago
    1. Cheers

      I'm not too hung up on the technical side as long as I get the subject.

      However if as in this case, the subject stays put for a while, one can take a little more time to try to improve the initial shots.
      Posted 2 months ago

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The median wasp is a species of social wasp of the family Vespidae found throughout Europe and Asia. It builds aerial paper nests often in shrubs or trees, and occasionally under the eaves of buildings.

Species identified by Philip Booker
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By Philip Booker

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Uploaded Apr 3, 2022. Captured Apr 3, 2022 11:44 in 33 Crespin Way, Brighton BN1 7FG, UK.
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  • 220mm