Wasps? No panic!

Summer is wasp time: As every year, from August onwards the black and yellow insects cavort more and more at barbecue parties, at the coffee table, at a picnic in the park or behind the counters of the bakeries.

During these days, the hard-working workers of the “Common Wasp” and the “German Wasp” mainly throw themselves on lemonade, ice cream, and cake.

Wasp sharing a pop drink.

 

For many people, the uninvited guests cause fear.

The bad reputation of the wasps is not justified, because the actually harmless and very useful insects are only looking for food and usually only sting when they feel threatened.

Nadja Michler, specialist advisor for wildlife at PETA, has put together some simple tricks for peaceful coexistence between humans and wasps.

“Wasps are very extraordinary creatures in many ways”.
Some species use saliva and wood chips to produce a paper-like material that they use to build their nests. The workers are tirelessly busy tending to the larvae, bringing in food, expanding the nest and defending it.

They really deserve a sweet treat in between, ” says Nadja Michler

This is how animal lovers can keep wasps away:

Distraction feeding: a bowl of overripe fruit placed at a safe distance distracts the animals. Grapes are particularly good.

 

For more… at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/23/wasps-no-panic/

 

My comment: “It’s just annoying, such an unnecessary insect,” I hear people complain regularly in summer.

Animals never have bothered me, people bother me.

A large colony of wasps has been billeted on our terrace under the awning for years.

Our roommates, the wasps: Image: Venus

 

Every year, around the beginning of June, our roommates start the renovation work. Because storms and rain, up here in the Black Forest, where we live, damage their house, so everything has to be restored.

Diligent, calm work processes take place intensively that do not disturb anyone.
But people always feel threatened by other animal species.

When we sit on the terrace, they come to us and taste what they want from our offer.
And they leave again, they have no interest in human animals, they have obviously understood the dangers that come from them and avoid them.

The photo was taken with great difficulty because this year the net was well hidden under the wooden beams.
We’re glad to have the colony with us by mid-November, until then we will hear its quiet hum and discreetly observe the hard-working roommates at work.

And information for everyone: Wasps are protected under the Federal Nature Conservation Act; as wild animals, they must not be deliberately disturbed, caught, injured, or killed.

Their nest must not be destroyed either.

In addition, certain wasp species are under special protection, such as the hornets.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

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