Photographer's Note

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My photograph was taken inside the grounds of Framlingham Castle. It was a beautiful day and a special Children's Day had been arranged, where children could learn the sort of activities that were common for children, centuries ago.(I will show some photographs from that next.)

Before the activities began, the cafe was serving refreshments; top of the list was a cream tea. For those not familiar with this very English treat, it is a scone, accompanied with strawberry jam (usually) cream and a pot of tea.

The table where we seated ourselves had obviously been visited by someone who had partaken of such a treat and an uninvited guest was tucking in, enjoying the last of the jam!

Wasps are not people's favourite insect and have a bad reputation but, for several reasons, we should appreciate wasps.

Wasps, like bees, love nectar and by flying from one flower to another they transfer pollen and pollinate plants.

Wasps gather protein to feed to their larvae, hunting other insects and scavenging carrion.
Without them our gardens and our farms would be overrun with pest insects like aphids and caterpillars that damage the plants and, dead animals would linger longer on the ground.

They make amazing papier-mâché nest structures and can be seen and heard munching on soft wood (like old garden fences) to turn into pulp for use in the construction of their nests. I have frequently seen them on wooden structures in my garden, happily scraping away at the wooden surfaces!

Some wasps store wild yeasts in their gut over winter. By feeding on grapes the following year, wasps kick start the fermentation process by passing on some of this yeast. A wine-lover’s best friend!

Wasps are not out to sting us!
If you flap at them, they will become agitated but if you leave them alone, they will not bother you!

I hope that I have convinced you about wasps.
I just enjoyed watching this little fellow munch away at the jam.

Have a good day, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8073 W: 340 N: 18651] (73742)
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