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wasp nest 1

wasp nest 1
After the badger had ripped open this nest, the wasps appeared to be collecting the old nest material and flying off with it, presumably to set up a new one. The nest is in shade for most of the day, but I didn't dare try using my flash or setting up the tripod, or even clearing away bits of grass that were obstructing the view, for fear of annoying the wasps. I just held the camera in front of the nest and took a couple of quick shots before retreating. In fact, the wasps didn't seem to care about me and I didn't get stung until one got caught in my long hair.

I now have short hair :-)

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Chrissy S
Chrissy S
Agreed, very brave !!!! Totally fascinating capture
3 years ago.
Cathy Oetegenn (trying to catch up....)
Cathy Oetegenn (tryi…
Thanks. I was pleased to find that I'm not allergic to wasp stings. In fact the three stings I got were no worse than a nettle sting (and I hardly notice them!). The fear was worse than the reality, but I'd still prefer not to upset a whole nestful of wasps!
3 years ago.
Tricia Gibson
Tricia Gibson
Very brave of you - I'd have run a mile!
3 years ago.