wasp

What kind of beast is this?

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 | images | 7 Comments

When I was at university a wasp crawled up my trouser leg whilst I was sitting outside, I didn’t realise what had happened until about 20 min later when I had gone inside and was sitting in a lecture and began to feel something tickling my thigh. On scratching my itch the little fella started stinging and much commotion ensued. I was stung five times before I managed to get the wasp out. I have not been very fond of wasps since that day.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that wasps had begun nesting in a water tank just outside of my kitchen window (which is 3 floors up) the entrance to the nest is via an over-flow pipe. I wanted to make some recordings of the wasps so I went out onto the water tank with a microphone & stand running the cable back to my computer. I realised that the wasps were actually very friendly considering how close I was to their nest, they didn’t seem to mind the mic which was a couple of inches from the entrance.  A couple of curious wasps came to check me out but didn’t seem overly concerned by my presence. 

While I was out on the roof I noticed a Large reddish looking insect close to the nest entrance. The insect which was about 3-4 times the size of the regular wasps and had reddish brown wings and back and had yellow makings on it’s abdomen. I didn’t have my camera at the time but this morning I saw it again sitting on the entrance to the nest and managed to get some shots. 

 

Who are you?

Who are you?

The regular looking wasps don’t seem to mind the larger insect seen here sitting on the entrance to the nest.

Buzzzzzzzzz

Buzzzzzzzzz

So my question to you is, What is it?

Here is a video of the wasps coming and going.

 

Cheers,

Leafcutter John.

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