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. It’s a complicated subject, but basically these nests are of much scientific interest.
If you have a nest near you, on private or public land please let me know and it will be collected by Dr Spradbery of the ACT European wasp and insect identification help line, or if this is not possible, I will exterminate it for free until end of October.
These nests contain queens desperately needed for on-going experiments to find a method of biological control to stop their spread. European wasp hotline is 6162 1914.