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False Dawn [Jul. 21st, 2018|09:55 am]
Tony Grist
There's a wasp's nest in the roof just above one of the bathroom windows. I went to the bathroom in the early dawn and switched the light on- and the wasps came pouring in. I suppose they thought they were seeing the sunrise. I switched the light off again sharpish and by the time I got up for breakfast they'd all gone- apart from one which hadn't been able to find the way out and had expired on the bathroom floor.

When we first moved to the farm we were horrid to our wasps and called the exterminator in on them a couple of times. I'll not easily forget the sight of them flying round with their bodies coated in the white stuff he'd puffed at them. Since then our policy has been live and let live. In the normal course of events they don't come in the house. They have their ecological niche; they eat rotten stuff- and they're pollinators. If we could rid ourselves of our fear and prejudice we'd acknowledge that they're beautiful in their stripy coats.

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-07-21 11:06 am (UTC)
I don't know, do you have the hysteria about bees dying too much and therefore the process of pollination getting into danger over there in the UK too?
I get to that spontaneously because wasps do the same service.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-07-21 11:52 am (UTC)
Yes, we do.

It's not just bees but insects in general. We're killing them off with our modern farming methods.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-07-21 12:32 pm (UTC)
Over here, locally, you can feel that practically too.
But, it seems like having more intensified just over the last couple of years pretty much. And then if you just take a wider look back in time.

It's only strange if you'd reduce it to modern agriculture here because - well, what agriculture? Ever since the turnaround in '89, this has drastically decreased being around here.
In the more recent years, it intensifies a little bit again, but still far away from the former niveau that once existed.
So... it can't just be the sole answers.

But something that definitely took place in the in-town structure is that a lot more concrete spaces moved in and that quite some trees have been cut down (part of it for reasons, like "the next big storm will make them break down", others for no reasons or they were declared to be sick on the paper in order to get them gone).
I mean big, grown-up trees.
In a way, that also makes sense that the insects disappear which live from practicing pollination... If they find no food, the insects move on to where they find it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-07-21 05:18 pm (UTC)
British towns have a lot of trees- and there's always an outcry when councils propose cutting then down.

We're told the decline in insect numbers is largely down to the use of herbicides and pesticides and the removal of hedgerows and wildflower meadows.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-07-21 06:45 pm (UTC)
Won't deny this stuff has its share in that too, but there's also a lot of other stuff which increased over 20 and 30 years.
Like - car traffic, for example, and all consequences that result from that (e. g. air pollution, noise).
Specifically here, ingredients of foods have changed drastically too (animals sense more sensitively what is good and what not, and food quality definitely has taken its turn towards "junk food" in many ways, so possibly they ignore some stuff now which they didn't do before).
Structures in general where which food item comes from, in terms of vegetables and fruits, has drastically changed through globalisation.
And then you have many trees which have disappeared, many objects been built which covered larger areas with concrete than they later planted down bushes and little new trees at as a replacement for the erased greens.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-07-21 12:11 pm (UTC)
Wasps, depending on what kind they are, can be extremely aggressive even if they see movement anywhere in their territory. We don't exterminate either but when the Yellow Jackets swarm they invade our patio and divebomb both us and the dogs and we have no choice but to spray to at least keep them away from our back door. Otherwise, we ignore them and let them carry on.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-07-21 03:10 pm (UTC)
I'm a little wary of the big hornets- but not excessively so.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-07-21 12:28 pm (UTC)
I do find wasps creepy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-07-21 03:17 pm (UTC)
Moths used to creep me out, but not any longer.
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