Under the Lilac Bush, Again

Remember the Wasp Lilac? Cicada-killer Wasps and a few other wasp species, but mostly Cicada-killers, were sucking the sap from this one bushy specimen in Green-Wood. Well, more than one lilac, actually, since the one nearby was also being suckled at.
A month later, I happened to look again, and now it’s the turn of the European Hornets.
Vespa crabro is another big, burly wasp. I usually see one or two patrolling places with lots of pollinators. They are rather generalist when it comes to prey.
And they also clearly like the sugary stuff.
Cleaning. The fastidiousness of big killers like these is something to see.
Those mouth parts! These are serious jaws. And that tongue, at least I think it’s the tongue, looks very hairy.

2 Responses to “Under the Lilac Bush, Again”


  1. 1 gaiainaction October 1, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Fantastic photos, and a great insight into the behaviour of hornets and wasps, never knew that they would be sucking sugary stuff from trees. Very much enjoyed.

  2. 2 Ewa Kozyra October 1, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Great pics!
    I remember those hornets from my home country. I never got stung. A few times when I ventured to close to their nest they would come out and check me out from head to toe and their deliberately slow hovering and focused presence and deep humming sound could be somewhat intimidating. There was a nest underneath the old wood siding of our vacation house. They were fierce and beautiful creatures and they seemed to be more conscious of our presence than other flying things.
    Hornets mind their own business but when one is close, you know you’re not alone… 😉


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