Monday, 21 November 2016

Sleeping queens

It pays to be careful when picking up logs from the woodpile at this time of year.  I turned this one over to find four queen wasps hibernating underneath.

I took photos of the individuals to check on the species (they are all Vespula vulgaris).

One of them started to stir and unfolded its antennae.

Then I noticed it had what looks like the shed exoskeleton of a tiny spider on its head.

I moved them all to a different log pile where they can sleep through until the spring.

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