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Monthly Archives: August 2018

The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of deciduous trees as well as many other plants such as bramble and hops.

I put OtterCam out on the confluence of the River Stour and Hoo Brook: just to see what is about at the moment.

Like other social wasps, hornets build communal nests by chewing wood to make a papery pulp. Each nest has one queen: she lays eggs and is attended by workers who, while genetically female, cannot lay fertile eggs. Most species make exposed nests in trees and shrubs, but some (like Vespa orientalis) build their nests underground or in other cavities. Hornets are less aggressive than many more frequently encountered wasp species. In spite… Read More

The most commonly known wasps, such as yellowjackets and hornets, are of the family Vespidae and are eusocial, living together in a nest with an egg-laying queen and non-reproducing workers. Eusociality is favoured by the unusual haplodiploid system of sex determination in Hymenoptera, as it makes sisters exceptionally closely related to each other. However, the majority of wasp species are solitary, with each adult female living and breeding independently. Wasps play many… Read More

The dock bug is herbivorous and feeds on a wide variety of plants from different families. While the common name in English refers to its preferred diet of docks and sorrels and other plants in the family Polygonaceae, they also readily feed on certain species of Asteraceae and Rosaceae. Adults are known to feed on raspberry, gooseberry and sometimes blackcurrant.

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