Mischievous wasp

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Vivianrussell
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Mischievous wasp

This Bombus hortorum was quietly foraging, minding its own business, when a wasp landed, crept up behind and bit it. Bombus despatched the wasp with a swift kick without bothering to turn round. There were many unoccupied flowers on this cirsium so I can only assume this wasp was having a laugh! I am very fond of these pesky insects and have been observing their interactions with flies and butterflies around fruit. They allow certain flies in to share, but not others - this for another post.

Nigel Jones
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Vespula v Bombus

That's a nice sequence of A Vespula species, seemingly trying to tackle the Bombus as a potential prey item. If it had been a large fly, I suspect it would not have escaped, but the tough integument of the Bombus was probably resistant to the wasp's bite. I have seen worker Vespids bite, kill and dismember honeybees. They can be fearsomely effective at their job.

Vivianrussell
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Mischievous wasp

Thanks for your feedback, Nigel. I had a wasp feeding station going all summer up to Xmas, and generally, the wasps were pretty tolerant of bumblebees sharing their fruit and sugar water, as long as they kept to the edge - so this attack was something of a surprise

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