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Are we getting more wasps than usual this summer? There’s some evidence that we are, but I haven’t particularly noticed them.
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Purely anecdotal, but I think so. Left a terrace on evening last week because of the wasps, and that’s most def a first. (Plus I’ve seen more than usual elsewhere…)
Personally they don’t bother me much, I just pay attention to when drinking (e.g. cover it) or biting into something sweet, when there is a wasp around. Eventually they go away. I think the worst thing is to panic and/or try to kill it, because when you wave your arms wildly they’ll defend themselves and try to sting.
Interesting fact: wildlife often finds a much more diverse and non-hostile environment in cities than in today’s typical monocultural agricultures. As an example, city bees can harvest nectar from many different flowers and trees for almost the whole mild season, while in the countryside a single field will only bloom a few weeks at most.
I definitely saw wasps earlier than usual with the early warm weather, but more wasps than usual, not so much. I have definitely seen more spiders, even fairly large kinds that I don’t usually see inside.
Haven’t noticed more wasps but there’s been a butterfly population explosion. Which is a great thing.
That started back in the early spring with a bumper crop of red admirals – again, because of the early, warm weather. I get a feeling insect life is enjoying this year’s warm season.
I would have to say yes. After 12 years in my place (Ste. Rose), for the first time, there are 3 or 4 nests starting up. Other than some very early morning buzzing around an open window, they have not been a nuisance.
Gotta agree with dwgs. No wasps this year–and I normally have to set out soda pop traps–but a whole hecka of a lot of butterflies. And bees.
I think we may be getting another wave of admirals, saw a couple again recently. Only saw a few wasps when I stopped by the 18th-century market for a bite and a bottle of spruce beer (which wasps apparently love).
Ian, now I’m feeling paranoid about spiders. They’re bound to be big and sassy after a summer like this. (At some point late last summer, or very early fall, I came out of my place and got a spider in the face because it had spun a few lines of web across my front door overnight. Nightmarish.)
Pauline Marois and François Legault seem to think so!
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