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Norweigan waspwasp

Brimstone Moth

Monday 19th June 2000
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wasps' nest
ANOTHER HOT DAY; it's not until late in the long evening that we take a walk.

Wasps have made a papier mâché nest the size of a tennis ball in a blue tit nestbox fixed on an ivy-covered fence panel.
hemlock brimstone moth Our neighbours ask if it's possible to move the nestbox with the wasps in it, rather than destroy the colony. Would the wasps settle in the new location? I suspect that they'd keep returning to check out the old site, but perhaps the presence of the queen would persuade them to stay put.

Yorkshire fog The pale feathery flowerheads of Yorkshire Fog are out alongside the towpath. This grass has a velvet covering on its leaf sheaths. A Brimstone Moth flies above the shoulder-high Hemlock on the other side of the path.

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

E-mail; 'richard@daelnet.co.uk'

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