Where are the wasps?

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Where are the wasps?
« on: 06/07/2009 10:24:59 »
Has anyone else noticed a distinct lack of common wasps (Vespula vulgaris) so far this year?

I have also noticed a lack of ladybirds and lacewings, not surprisingly, therefore, I have noticed a great number of aphids, in particular, whitefly.
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« Reply #1 on: 06/07/2009 12:24:48 »
There was a wasp bothering us in the pub beer garden on Friday and I spoted one on the bin this morning. They are still around.
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Where are the wasps?
« Reply #2 on: 06/07/2009 15:30:12 »
I can't say I've noticed many either; their numbers do seem to be lower than normal for this time of year.  However, wasps are normally hunting other insects early on in the season and only switch to sugary stuff later on, which is when we generally notice them.
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« Reply #3 on: 07/07/2009 01:09:29 »
No, I haven't seen any for the last 3 months. But then again, I am on the other side of the world.

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« Reply #4 on: 07/07/2009 20:45:50 »
Q. Where are the wasps?

A. on this poor fella ...

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Man stung 200 times by wasps

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A man was hospitalised after he was stung more than 200 times by wasps, an ambulance service said.

The man was attacked by the swarm of wasps after he fell into their nest in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire just after 5pm on Monday.

East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "It appears the man accidentally fell on to a bush and disturbed a wasps nest."

He continued: "The wasps then swarmed around him and repeatedly stung him in excess of 200 times.
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« Reply #5 on: 08/07/2009 00:57:11 »
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A man was hospitalised after he was stung more than 200 times by wasps, an ambulance service said.
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« Reply #6 on: 08/07/2009 14:51:40 »
i think that is good grounds for developing a phobia of wasps ^^

i have noticed a lack of wasps too. in past summers i have seen around 3-5 at least, and in my childhood even more (though thats probably because i spent more time playing outside) but this one.. i think i saw a hornet and that's it [:-\]
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« Reply #7 on: 08/07/2009 16:51:57 »
They are abundant here I have already found one nest under the eaves this year and one in my old shed a rather small one in both cases!

There are tons out though already this season!

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