If you look closely at this photograph you will discover the queen bee sitting amongst other worker bees on this box . They were rescued from a shrub at the start of winter , would you believe. Within a few minutes the queen and the workers had moved within the box. All being well they will survive during this winter in preparation for a busy Spring.
These beautiful creatures are often seen at this time of year (summer) accessing sand and water to make their distinctive igloo-looking mud mounds containing their young.
A beautiful study of a bee swarm capturing the sunlight among its many thousands of members
Bees are on the move when the warm Spring sunshine enables them to swarm. Here you can see a swarm making a bee line for a chimney which has a large cavity hidden away from the smokestack.
The paper wasp is a frequent visitor to many gardens here in Perth and in many cities around the world including those in the USA and South Africa.
Though their colour is a warning sign that the creature can sting, it is still possible to acknowledge the sheer beauty and elegance of this flying insect.
It is a social insect so we must marvel at the instinct it has to work in groups and to feed and raise the young in a multi-cellular nest that is very much like honeycomb-only made out of paper. This they get from the bark of trees from which they masticate it into a very fine paper construct.It’s hard to believe that the nest is started by the queen and it’s not until the first insects hatch out does she have any helpers. By the end of the warm season ( and they need the warmth to keep the brood warm)the nest can be up to the size of a dinner plate though usually smaller.