Wasps waste nothing

Wasp on fennel

Wasp on fennel

Wasps are quick to profit from a quince smashed open by a wild boar.

They attack a stricken butterfly in seconds and suck it dry.

Here fennel flowers provide a rare source of autumn nectar.

Wasps waste nothing.

In defence of fennel

Fennel flowers hung with raindrops

Fennel flowers hung with raindrops

You can have too much of a good thing, can’t you?

Let wild fennel seed and you’ve got a fennel garden. Congratulations.

But when a plant smells wonderful, feeds the caterpillars of swallowtail butterflies, and holds tiny raindrops all among its flowers …?