I have been trying to find information about wasps eating meat. They do at the Furlong house!
It seems adult wasps don’t actually eat the meat themselves, but take it back to the hive to feed their larvae on.
Last night, I watered the tall clay chimney pot that has stood in our garden for many years. It has perennial peas cascading out of it, and they looked really dry. This year, they have not looked good. So I stuck the end of the hosepipe down the chimney and within seconds had to run like hell, retreating to the kitchen, behind the slammed door. A gang of annoyed wasps told me to push off loudly and clearly and with definite malice. They swarmed out of the hole ferociously. So I got gone – fast.
I am pleased we have found the nest. Wasps have been a damn nuisance this summer. I read that before the winter, they make new queens that fly off to overwinter in safe places elsewhere. Mmm – last winter in the UK was very mild. If that happens again, the wasp hive in the garden chimney are going to be even more of a pest next summer.
Here our wasps are eating meat. Maybe to feed the new queen larvae? Apologies for bad photo.