After receiving the spiritual message from hornet/wasp in my last post and video, you may be wondering how we actually cope with having 20-30 wasp nests in our barn every summer. Not to mention the 3 massive hornet hives this year. What happens to me, my barn helpers, visitors etc with so many hornets, wasps and yellow jackets around?
In this video, I will show you all the practical considerations of living in harmony with such aggressive creatures and how we honor their medicine of tenacity and strong boundaries…
Just recently, we’ve been blessed with swarms of another beautiful insect; the dragonfly. As the summer weather fades to cold nights, the hornets and wasps are reaching the end of their lifecycle. So dragonfly shows up to rapidly consume the waning wasps.
And as I suspected in the video, wasps do indeed scavenge protein from manure piles:
“Wasps adopt different techniques when hunting. Wasps will randomly root around for hidden insects and you will see them rooting through the grass, searching for insects on the underside of leaves, looking into holes and crevices and cracks in bark, searching along twigs and branches, rooting through compost heaps and rooting through faecal matter.
They will also scent damage done to leaves and will come looking for any insects that might have caused such damage such as caterpillars. Hunting wasps will hunt on sight and will chase down and catch flies and mosquitos and other flying insects. Hunting wasps will visit and rob out any insects caught in cobwebs and they will do this without getting caught themselves. Wasps will also scavenge for carrion and will strip a corpse of its flesh within hours. During the hunting phase of the wasp life cycle, an average sized wasp nest will eradicate between 4 to 5 metric tons of insect pests in a year.”
And if you’re as fascinated by wasps as I am, definitely check out this fabulous book, Endless Forms, by Seirian Sumner:
“Bees and ants have long been the darlings of the insect world. But the first ant was a wasp that lost its wings, and a bee is a wasp that has forgotten how to hunt. This much-maligned winged thug of the insect world is the stinging picnic botherer of most people’s imagination but is in fact older, cleverer, and more diverse than them all. The evolutionary ancestor of the bee – flying 100 million years earlier – the wasp is just as essential for the survival of our environment.
The closer you look at these spurned, winged insects – both custodians and bouncers of our planet – the more you see. Their secrets have so far gone mostly untapped, but Endless Forms offers up a maligned insect in all its unexpected, mesmerising splendour and reveals that the potential of the wasp is indeed, endless.”
What an amazing world we live in.