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First wasp of the year

March 9th, 2006 (12:25 pm)

There is currently a wasp curled up - sorry, it's moving again - on the window at the other side of the room from my desk. These are probably my least favourite creatures. I know all the good things they do in gardens, but if it is any more active than it presently is, it will be ritually slaughtered with the University of Oxford Annual Review when it comes to settle.

EDIT 12.34pm It has managed to make its own way out.

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Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: March 9th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)

Thou Shalt Not Suffer A Wasp To Live!

That bodes ill for the year - the last couple of summers have been relatively wasp-free as measured by the drunken revellers on the rotting plums on the pavement in front of the house.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 9th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)

Further unhappy evidence is that my sister saw a wasp three weeks ago in West Kensington...

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: March 9th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)

It has been very dry this year, for all the cold. I guess if you live in a paper nest, mould is more of a threat than cold.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 9th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)

Presumably this would affect the early nests, when they are still fairly small, round about this time of year? Don't wasps hibernate on their own, away from nests?

Posted by: But what if I'm a mermaid? (deepbluemermaid)
Posted at: March 9th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)

I similarly loathe wasps, and will happily kill them. I am very nice to spiders, and fairly nice to many other insects, but with wasps I go murderous. However, I may hate mosquitoes more.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 10th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)

I don't have very much experience with mosquitoes, apart from an intense week of exposure to them in Russia in 2001. I would happily kill them, but they were so difficult to catch!

I have an uneasy relationship with wasps. I have been frightened of them for so long that they have gained a sort of respect in my eyes as noble enemies. Perhaps that is why I seem to be evolving rules for the circumstances in which I will kill them.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: March 10th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)

Not sure about wasps, but I believe the BBC's spring watch counts bee sightings as indicators of spring - and I think I'm right in saying that last week's cold weather put everything right back, altough I haven't heard an update this week.

My OH saw two dead wasps (outside) last week - but she is more observant about these things than I am. Mind you, I did notice two swans flying elegantly past my office window today; and a sparrowhawk outwide our house on Sunday.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: March 11th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)

Oh yes, here we are:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/wildbritain/springwatch/

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 12th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)

Many thanks for this. There is indeed a prominent bee on the homepage. I'm more friendly towards bees, generally, with the exception of honey bees who seem somewhat vicious, and I believe can be.