A man who went into a rarely used spare room in his mother’s home was shocked to discover that 5,000 wasps had made a giant nest in the bed.
The nest, 3ft wide x 1.5ft deep, was still expanding and the insects had chewed through the mattress and pillows to build it
September brought plenty of fine and settled early-autumn weather, with only a few short interruptions. This meant that rainfall was limited in most regions, and temperatures were generally above average, though with no exceptional warmth on any particular days.
Wasps will be getting ready to leave the nests, next year’s Queens will have been inseminated ready to leave in October to find somewhere to hibernate over Winter.
The good weather this year should bode well for the number of healthy Queens looking for hibernation points.