4th November 2012: Wasps take advantage the ivy’s late nectar offerings, but there are few to be seen on the flowers. The ivy bush is twelve to fifteen feet wide and ten feet high. I will probably see one or two wasps during my nightly inspection of the flowers with my torch. The evening temperature is below 4 degrees centigrade (38 F), and the wasps move very, very slowly. If they lose their grip, they fall to the ground and crawl into the leaf litter.
I think I captured this wasp’s death throes last night. I passed the ivy bush this morning and the wasp was in the same position on the flower, but it is no longer of this world. The wasp is now dead, long live the wasp! On the plus side, and image of the wasp alive, and of its corpse, will live on in cyber space. 🙂