Hornets are the largest species of wasp in the UK. They are probably on the challenge list to represent the diversity of wasp species that we have at Strumpshaw, which range from tiny but beautiful jewel wasps to solitary digger wasps and, of course, the ones that ruin every picnic ever. Hornets are common here, but for some reason they were being very elusive to me. Just as well, as I am not a fan of wasps. In fact, I have a bit of a phobia of them. I felt rather brave holding and releasing this hornet from the pot, though a bit nervous when it was crawling out of the top. When I arrived back from my morning walk, I learned that the hornet that I had released had attacked a volunteer while was away and had stung her on the arm! This does not build my confidence on beating my phobia!
|Cobber the Black Swan|
|Female Reed Bunting|
|Male Bearded Tit|
|Female or juvenile Bearded Tit|
|My 'Wanted' poster|
My poster seemed to have worked, at least for water scorpions. As I was having my lunch, a family came back from pond dipping and had brought back with them a small water scorpion in a pot full of pond water. I could not believe my lucky stars! Two elusive targets in one day!
|Water Scorpion (36)|