Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

January 17, 2011

Demolition Workers

Filed under: Insects — paul @ 7:13 am
German Wasp, Eating my Deck

German Wasp, Eating my Deck

As mentioned yesterday, the wasps are demolishing my home sliver by tiny sliver. These images show how the yellowjackets form balls of shavings of the wood. After moistening the timber, they scrape up the top layer with their mandibles, and then secure the load between their forelegs and head. I assume they use the ill-gotten load to build mansions of their own. (I have looked and looked, but not found any nest anywhere…)

These are German wasps (vespula germanica), as far as I can tell; I believe we also get visits by Common wasps (vespula vulgaris), and on rare occasions we see paper wasps (polistes sp.).

Load Secured - Ready for Takeoff

Load Secured - Ready for Takeoff

3 Comments

  1. Sure you haven’t borrowed an electron microscope from somewhere? These images are phenomenal!

    Comment by jb — January 17, 2011 @ 7:43 am

  2. Have to agree with JB, these really are great macro shots. Way better than any similar photo I have ever got of any wasp

    Comment by Paul — January 17, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

  3. I have seen something new… Thanks for sharing this interesting and unique shot!

    Comment by Gunn White — January 19, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

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