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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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14 August, 2010

Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

If the rain doesn't spoil your late summer picnic or barbecue then there is a pretty good chance that everyone's pet hate, the Common Wasp, probably will!

Sadly, although extremely 'intelligent' insects they can be a bit dumb when it comes to picking up signals that a Human Being means them harm. As a result, the Wasp is quite prepared to fight back with that painful sting it has.

I describe it as 'intelligent' as it is one of those remarkable insects that work selflessly together for the good of its colony. Tireless workers, each with a job to do they know what to do and how to do it!

This is a photo taken earlier in the year of one collecting wood to help build the wonderful 'paper mache' nest. It is chewing up a wooden bench seat!

I like wasps; I admire wasps; but I hate wasps hanging around me when I am trying to enjoy a nice cream cake outside my favourite tea rooms!