Wasps

I knew that there were wasps in Aoteroa as I have caught glimpses of them over the years, but I have never stopped to really look at them until I joined this site.

Now what made me start to notice wasps was the German wasp, whose photo is below, landed one day on the deck seat. I rushed off to grab my camera and came back and he was still there, so I started taking photos and he slowly turned around. Poser!

A few days later I was photographing the pohutukawa blooms (and practising my photography at the same time). Once I had a lot of photos I loaded them onto my pc and that is when I saw that there was a wasp on one of the flowers.

A few photos later there is another wasp, but it didn't look the same as the first one. Ahhhh did this mean that there was more than one type?

Yep, sure did and they come in different colours which really helps when it comes to identifying them. Far easier than plants!

Here is the collection of wasps on one tree at one time as well as the german wasp.

Posted by tangatawhenua tangatawhenua, December 11, 2015 09:38

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

German Wasp (Vespula germanica)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

November 30, 2015

Description

This insect kindly landed in front of me and slowly turned around so I could get photos from all angles :)

Photos / Sounds

What

Asian Paper Wasp (Polistes chinensis)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

December 1, 2015

Description

A wasp (I think) visiting a pohutukawa tree.

Photos / Sounds

What

New Zealand Mason Wasp (Pison spinolae)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

December 1, 2015

Description

I do not have a clue if this is a wasp or a bee, but I am thinking because of the body shape it is a wasp.

It is visiting a pohutukawa tree.

Photos / Sounds

What

Tasmanian Paper Wasp (Polistes humilis ssp. humilis)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

December 1, 2015

Description

Another type of wasp visiting the pohutukawa tree.

Photos / Sounds

What

Asian Paper Wasp (Polistes chinensis)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

December 1, 2015

Description

Wasp visiting a pohutukawa tree.

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