Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Going Buggy (Wasps)

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

These little wasps had made their home in our outdoor area and I identified them as  native bees. A blogging mate informed me otherwise but I refused to believe her. She advised that I get rid of them but I left them, unable to bring myself to kill these little critters that were harming no-one. That was until Roger brushed the tree and had a number of very painful stings. He didn’t have my sensibility and killed them immediately. Always though one survives and lives to rebuild — until Roger becomes aware of their presence.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In response to Ed’s Sunday Stills the next Challenge

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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57 Responses to Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Going Buggy (Wasps)

  1. Charli Mills says:

    Wow! Our wasps build in circular cones. I wonder if the difference has to do with vegetation or climate.

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  2. M-R says:

    I believe I remember this ! 🙂

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  3. julespaige says:

    We have some solitary ground wasps here (Pennsylvania, USA). I’d just wish they’d go in the field across the creek. We do also have wasps that build paper nests like the ones you have hanging, but on the side brick area of our home.
    http://www.colonialpest.com/solitary-ground-digger-wasps/

    And the other day I had a visitor in my kale. An American Daddy Longlegs
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/59455/15-fascinating-facts-about-daddy-longlegs

    I was also bitten a few years back in Florida by a No-See-Um
    http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/aquatic/biting_midges.htm
    The bite I got swelled to about the size of a quarter in the palm of my hand. I was trimming a hedge for a relative.

    Thanks for your photos. Clever bugs. But when they are harmful one needs to encourage them to build at a safe distance. Especially if they bite when protecting their nests. And humans have reactions to their venom.

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  4. Wasps give painful stings and are toxic to some people. The trick is to find a comfortable balance. Frankly I wouldn’t allow a wasp nest to be near my house.

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  5. Just had one of these in our house today. Gives new meaning to the term “rude awakening” with my two boys running into my room shouting about a wasp in the house upstairs near their rooms. I was sure I’d get stung and didn’t know what the hell I’d do if/when that happened. Of course, I was the hero when I got it outside unharmed and I was unstung. 😉

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  6. lifelessons says:

    Such unusual nests. I did one of my first blogs on the subject. I hate to remove the nests as well. Once they built on on a window and I could see into the hive. I loved it. Unfortunately friends stayed in my house while I was at the beach and when I came home, they had had it removed. I was really sad that I hadn’t told them not to touch it. enjoyed your pictures and story. http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/08/17/step-by-step/

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  7. To me, this would have also qualified for the WP photography challenge “creepy”. I’m not a fan of wasps.

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  8. Sherri says:

    Great photos, and I am now cowering 😉

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