Thursday, 30 October 2014

What a waspper…

This active nest was spotted in a tree on the roadside, as we drove down the hill into Preuilly sur Claise.

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The falling of the autumn leaves has obviously made it more visible.

P1010834 wasp nest cropped

14 comments:

  1. Oh crikey! That's an Asian Hornet nest. They are often discovered only in the autumn when the leaves drop and the nest becomes visible. I hope someone's reported it. Let me know exactly where it is and I will do so. Also of course, I want to take some photos for myself.

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    1. Have sent you an email with more precise location, but it's on the left as you walk/drive up the hill out of Preuilly towards the garage at the top.
      We spotted it as we drove past and turned to photograph it.

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  2. That is a horrible sight! Makes me shudder just seeing it...

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  3. Evil things.. We attempted to stop one taking bees off our sedum last month... Personally I would not like to take on the task of getting rid of it... It looks a bit big!!

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  4. I believe the Pompier will get rid of Asian hornets. Far too scary for me x

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    1. No, the pompiers no longer deal with wasp / hornet nests. There is a list of approved pest controllers who are contracted to do it.

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  5. Good gawd!... it's HUGE!!
    I knew they built big nests but had only ever seen chunks in displays...
    or close-ups like your second picture...
    but the first, with the shed and the whole tree to give scale...
    I'm not a celebrity... I'm outa here!!
    Careful Susan... just use the long focus... NO LADDERS!!

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  6. wow, I have never seen such a huge one!!!

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  7. Photos taken this afternoon. It certainly is impressive, and very active.

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    1. We only had my little camera with us so I'd be interested in seeing more detailed pics.

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  8. Amazing structures - we've had a few in our garden. If it weren't for the wasps that live there, I'd love these things a lot more! But you have to admire them. Axxx

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