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.”
What an amazing world we live in.