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21/09/2013 at 16:45

I'm staying at my mum and dad's in Somerset and we too have just noticed this phenomenon today.  Bizarre!  And that's how I ended up on here, looking for answers.  So many wasps and large blue bottle type flies.  They appear to be licking the leaves and don't seem bothered by me, except when I walk past the Bay quickly, they all swarm and then get back to business on the plant once I've passed.  Most odd, but I think the honey dew answer is the most likely.  No signs of aphids at all.  Lots of ants, which are probably after the same sticky sweet coating.

Anna 

22/10/2013 at 18:05
22/10/2013 at 18:09
We have had wasps too and it is now covered in a brown sticky substance which hubby is currently trying to wash off!
Any ideas?
22/10/2013 at 23:00

They are all after honeydew! A mild soapy wash will clean your trees/bushes.

23/10/2013 at 21:19

Wasps don't hunt at this time of year, they are after something sweet, whether that's honey, fermented apples or aphid poo.  

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