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.



Carpenter bee visiting a hibiscus flower

Carpenter bee visiting a hibiscus flower

The word comes from the Ancient Greek and usually means a mutually beneficial relationship between different species.

The bee wants the nectar and the hibiscus wants to be pollinated.

However the bee, in its eagerness, seems to be taking the relationship one step further.

Its passionate, diving embrace of the flower’s pistil looks more like romance.