Photos of striking insects taken in the garden have been catching my attention as I visit my photo archive.

In this photo, a large streamlined wasp that is a burnished red in colour is visiting an aloe flower in our garden. It is not a wasp that I often see. I think it is an African Paper Wasp, and likely to be one of the Belonogaster species of the subfamily of polistine wasps. Any advice re this gorgeous wasp’s ID will be gratefully received.

Paper wasps are social, and they make communal paper nests. Gardeners will be happy to know that these wasps feed on a variety of caterpillars and insects and also, because of their need for nectar, they act as pollinators too.

Posted by Carol

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