Dovefromabove


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Hornets

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 06:54

Yes, I think that's a pic of an Asian Hornet

European hornets are more 'wasp' like and hairier http://www.wildlifeinsight.com/Insight/?p=12678

Hornets

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 20:38

We live near some old oak woodland and we usually get a few hornets visit the garden each summer.  They frequently spend time on the fennel flowers outside my kitchen window and cause absolutely no trouble at all - I'm another who thinks they're beautiful

Oh, and they eat wasps

Hornets

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 20:35

Yes, they will sting if really provoked, but they are reluctant to engage with humans - they like to keep themselves to themselves.  However, if you attacked their nest they would be aggressive.

They usually nest in hollow tree trunks or old buildings - we had a nest in the chimney of the farmhouse where we lived when I was a child.  Pa lit a fire and kept it going for several days and they moved on.

One thing worth noting is that like moths, they are drawn to light, and at night they have been known to fly into windows if the light is on and the curtains not closed. 

In fact at night they are so drawn to bright light that I've seen one after another fly into burning garden flares at an evening BBQ and immolate themselves.

Cornwall churchyard

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 20:07

I think the problem was that they had been given instructions which they believed over-rode the notices on the site.  and in my experience, council workers aren't expected to question what they've been told to do

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 20:03

Just had a quick skim-read back - lots of stuff going on for people - ((hugs)) to everyone 'cos I'm sure evweryone deserves them

I've been in the garden all day mowing, edging, weeding, pulling up forget-me-nots, deadheading, potting on, watering, moving pots, squidging lily beetles and sitting on the bench looking at things

Now I'm sitting with my feet up watching Cardiff Singer of the World

frog shy of water

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 18:15

Aren't ponds great

Frogs only spend part of the year in and around ponds.

Cornwall churchyard

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 18:14

Shame about the hedgehogs and slow worms - I always walk through long grass/undergrowth swishing around with a cane before strimming/mowing to make sure I disturb any animals who might be there so that they move off to safety.  I did it today to make sure there were no frogs in the long grass and buttercups alongside the shady bank - it would be good practice if the council workers were instructed to do that - but it would make the job take longer and consequently council tax payers may have to pay more ........

Cornwall churchyard

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:50

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Council-accidentally-mows-wildflower-meadow/story-26715568-detail/story.html

Looks like a case of poor communication.  Very sad but hopefully steps will be taken in future to ensure there's no repeat.

Lupins blossoms gone ? ?

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:26

One of mine did that last week - there were flowers scattered on the ground - I put it down to the strong swirling winds we had then.

Lupins blossoms gone ? ?

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 16:37

Have they left seedpods or are the stems bare?

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