Tag Archives: wasps

Ask RiotACT: wasps on neighbours’ property

By 9 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi guys, I wanted a few opinions. My elderly neighbours have been collecting (I use this term loosely) wasps for some years now. They are paper wasps and not the European ones, thank goodness.
We have talked to them about it and even offered to remove the nests for them (at our expense if need be). [...]

Watch out for them yellowjackets

By 28 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are warning that it’s the time of year to keep your eye out for European Wasp nests:
The ACT Government is asking local residents to be on the look-out for European wasps and to report nests around their homes as soon as possible.
“Residents should watch for wasps flying in and out of walls in the [...]

Just can’t get enough of those wasps?


TAMS are putting out the call for someone to do a PhD on European Wasps:
Rangers from Parks and Conservation Services are working with researchers at the University of Canberra to investigate the biological impacts of European wasps. To do this, the university has established a PhD scholarship, for which they are seeking applications from prospective [...]

The rise of our wasp overlords


TAMS are warning us that new European Wasp queens are breeding right now:
“The tell-tale sign of a nest is a steady stream of wasps flying in and out of a hole leading to where the nest is hidden away. Wasp nests are usually located underground or are built into the structure of the house such [...]

Wasp Alert!

By 17 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Territory and Municipal Services have turned their thoughts to wasps:
Canberrans are reminded to keep an eye out for signs of European wasp nests in and around the home, Dr Philip Spradbery, wasp expert with Territory and Municipal Services, said today.
“Many Canberra families are returning home after the summer holidays to find swarms of European wasps [...]

Wasps on the march


Territory and Municipal Services are warning of increasing numbers of the winged menace known as the European Wasp:
The number of European wasp nests reported in Canberra this year has increased by 15 percent in comparison to the same period last year, Dr Philip Spradbery, wasp expert with Territory and Municipal Services, announced today.
“The European Wasp [...]

Wasp wranglers of the ANU

By 13 October 2011

ANU have announced success in their efforts to track tiny wasps:
The Research School of Biology researchers published a paper in the latest edition of Agricultural and Forest Entomology outlining a successful new tracking technique, which allows them to study insects that were previously too small to track individually.
Lead researcher Michael Whitehead was working with [...]

Long live the queens

By 30 July 2009

We are now well into winter, and by rights there should be no European wasps buzzing around our community as the nest normally die out except for the queens which are hibernating.
However, a very few will be over wintering, which means a new season quean has taken over the nest and kept it going. [...]

Last chance for the queens (dealing with the wasp menace)

By 24 April 2009

The European wasp season is drawing to a close and it’s been another bad one for the Canberra region with reported nests well up on last year. If you have a nest on your property or know of any nests anywhere, then now is the last chance to get it treated as the queens numbering in [...]

The wasp menace ravages the watering holes of the inner north

By 29 March 2009

It seems there’s not a pub in the inner north you can sit down outside of at the moment without having to keep an eye out for yellowjackets trying to jump in the beers.
I’ve never seen it this bad, anyone else noticing unusually high wasp activity at the moment?

I think I have a problem . . .

By 22 February 2009

This evening, I found this in my cats’ bowl, apparently trying to take an entire cat biscuit somewhere. There were a number of its friends with it.
It looks like a European Wasp to me.
I don’t know where it lives nor was I aware that Friskies™ were part of the wasp circle of [...]

Chiefly wasp warning

By 15 February 2009

The subject of European wasps has long been dear to our hearts here at RiotACT.
Today Chief Minister Stanhope is encouraging us to take on the scourge:
“Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Jon Stanhope today urged Canberrans to be alert to the presence of European wasps, with 350 nests reported so far [...]

Big, scary hornets – worse than the eurowasp?

By 7 December 2008

I’ve been noticing an increase in big scary, native (I think) hornets around the place.
We first noticed them walking up the big hill in Lyons some weeks back, but now they’re in the garden. Haven’t been able to get a snap yet, but they are very big – at least 5cm long and with a [...]

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