portrait of a dead wasp

Watch on wasps

Lord, clear my misted sight that I
May hence view Thy divinity,
Some sparks whereof thou up dost hasp*
Within this little downy wasp

From “Edward Taylor’s “Upon a wasp chilled with cold”.  This one died in the heat of the moment as it were but the camera has caught what Taylor saw in this insect.

Social, scrumper of orchards, plague of al fresco dining, woodcrafters, general pollinators, raider of spiders’ larders and pest controllers. Wasps are not all alike though they have strong resemblances to each other.

Do you know your Dolichovespula from your vespulas from your vespas? – for more interesting wasp facts and species ID take a closer look here

morituri te salutant – those who are about to die salute you

Yes, all except the Queens will be dead by the end of summer and so the UKs Big Wasp Survey starts August 25th – September 8thClick to Register

*hasp – clasp or fasten together

Photographer in the Spotlight:
Stephen Hipperson – the Kiss of the Wasp

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