LOOK OUT FOR QUEEN WASPS

Hauraki Herald - - GARDENING -

They may be set­ting up res­i­dence at your place. Usu­ally, the big queens find a dry space in the ground, per­haps amongst the roots of a dead tree or un­der a pile of prun­ings, and build their pa­pery nests there. Un­earthing nests in sites like th­ese can be painful ex­pe­ri­ences, as I can at­test, along with many other gar­den­ers who have learned that wasps dis­like dis­tur­bance and are quick to share their an­noy­ance with you. I’ve been stung on many oc­ca­sions, and usu­ally don’t know what’s go­ing on un­til they’ve landed a good many hits. This year, I’ve dis­cov­ered a queen Ger­man wasp con­struct­ing the core of what she no doubt hopes will be a much larger nest among the rafters of the loft over our garage. So far, it’s only the size of a golf ball, but I can see sev­eral

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