CockleKaty's picture

Paper lightbulb

Observed: 27th April 2011 By: CockleKaty
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Found in a viburnum tinus as it was being cut back in a cottage garden. Unsure what it is but could it be the start of a hornet's nest? A large, wasp-like insect emerged briefly from the base - a queen? It was the size of an old lightbulb - though have yet to discover whether the shape has changed or the size increased.


No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


anonymous spotter's picture

It could be any one of several -

social wasp species, I think. If you google "wasp nests", and ignore the post control adverts, you'll see quite a few interesting examples.