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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Wasp

    whilst I appreciate that a nest inside/too close to a human habitation has to be dealt with, the assertion:

    "the upshot is they put themselves in our way, rather than the other way around"

    is looking at it from the point of view that wasps should be subservient to the wishes of humanity, aka they are less important... again, nature may not agree...

    the way things are going it might be interesting to speculate which species will outlast the other - one thing is for sure wasps, together with moths and many other insects, underpin a lot of what we take for granted in the way of pollination and pest control for example

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    Quote Originally Posted by handrawn View Post
    live and let live
    I do if they do ..and no doubt more survive my proximity than don't. Not knowing the mind of a wasp, I can't say for sure but I rather suspect they sting the other species that has got in its way (us) not with the intent of causing some days of discomfort but with the intent of killing it. I wish they had a 'live and let live' attitude. I still think they are a threat.

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    Wasps are, in my opinion the Bastard Kings of the animal world....Bees I can tolerate, but wasps and hornets deserve the rolled-up newspaper treatment...'shoot and ask questions later', is my motto.
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    @bob [iatb] some parts of the world hornets in particular can be 'agressive' [although again that is to attribute to the insect the homo-sap way of looking at things, which is wrong...] - not here though, not sure about sunny spain

    @mart it's an instinctive reaction to a percieved threat without any thought for anyone else.... humm bet you know some people like that, know I do....
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    An instinctive reaction will occur in all species to avert anything or anyone that poses an immediate threat. Wasp versus human is an example. We see each other at threats if the circumstances are there. I try to make it me that wins but the wasp has come out ahead on some occasions.

    Since a detailed photo of a dead wasp isn't good in everyone's eyes, here are some photos taken in our garden of bees that were alive and well at the time. We had a bees nest at the bottom of the garden a few years ago. They would just go about their business in good numbers taking no notice of me at all.

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    Mart,

    I really like the second photo of the bee flying in front of the flower. Very nice shot.

    Ray

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    Quote Originally Posted by RKissane View Post
    Mart,

    I really like the second photo of the bee flying in front of the flower. Very nice shot.

    Ray
    Thanks Ray. I quite often take the camera out in the garden and sit quietly. With that Trumpet Vine flower being close and the insects buzzing around, I thought. I might be lucky enough to get a photo like that. It is only an automatic compact camera but I had it on a manual setting using a fast shutter speed. The light was good and the camera coped OK.

 

 

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