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Wasps Nest

Observed: 7th September 2013 By: foxyfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Found 2 Wasps nests some weeks ago ,visited location yesterday to find them destroyed ,dozens of dead and dying wasps about wondering what would do it ,no stock in field , suspect badgers but what would be in it for them ?

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Wasp (Vespula (Paravespula) vulgaris) interacts

Comments

Amadan's picture

What's in it for the badgers?

The larvae, mainly. It's said to be a sign of a shortage of earthworms and other soil invertebrates. The long dry spell, following the waterlogging of 2012 and the prolonged winter has depleted these "normal" prey species, forcing the badgers to try elsewhere.

DD's picture

Agreed

I've come across the same thing in the field behind my house and it was quite obvious that it was the work of badgers. I could see the claw marks where they'd dug out the nest and there were remnants of the combs scattered around.

DD

notpop's picture

Badgers

Badgers for sure.
I commonly find Bumblebee nests dug out by badgers.
Wasps are less common prey but badgers are generalist omnivores and will eat most edible things they come across (including hedgehogs !)