WASPS may be a pest at a the barbeque, but give them their due - they build the most
fantastic homes! The queen wasp builds a nest from chewed up pieces of wood (sometimes
you can see coloured paint mixed in). Just like a multi-storey car park, layer upon
layer of of cells are added where the
Flying & Crawling Insects
FLIES have disgusting eating habits. When they find something to eat, be it dog poo
or pizza, they vomit acid bile which helps to digest it. They also stamp over it
and usually pee on it to. Needless to say, they carry lots of bacteria on their hairy
feet which end up on your pizza if you let them.
Even if they do not have sting, flying insects can cause all sorts of problems for
queen lays her eggs. The whole structure is surrounded by paper mache. These nests
are used only once with a new one being built in the spring. Most of the wasps die
in the autumn with only the larger queen wasps surviving.
HONEY BEES are important as they pollinate our crops. They are also kept for their
honey which they make from nectar.
Honey bees also make beautiful homes. Instead of wood pulp they use wax which is
made by their bodies.
Bees often nest in houses particularly Chimneys and Roofs. If undisturbed they can
grow very large with 1000’s of bees. Each summer a young queen bee will leave the
nest with some of the worker bees to set up a new home. These swarms can be caught
and given to Bee Keepers.
This picture shows a wild comb with the cells clearly visible. Some cells are used
to breed new bees and others used to store food. This allows the bees to survive
Other species of insects which can cause us problems are MOTH Larvae which eat carpets
and clothes and BEETLES which live in and eat flour, pulses and biscuits. Also ANTS
and COCKROACHES which will always make their way to where our food is.