Friday Photo: 14 December

December 14th, 2012 at 10:02 am by Chthoniid

Know your pests :)

In light of the last photo that looked sort of -like (but was in fact a useful and harmless fly), I thought we could do a diversion into those insects that are pests.  This is the Asian Australian paper wasp.  You might also note its antenna are very different to the last little guy I posted.

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7 Responses to “Friday Photo: 14 December”

  1. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    Where’s Happy Feet?

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  2. James Stephenson (2,266 comments) says:

    Asian? Are you sure it’s not an Australian Paper Wasp? Abdomen looks more brown than yellow & black from this angle.

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  3. Elaycee (4,425 comments) says:

    Wasps are not my favourite creature…. besides, the antenna isn’t the thing to look out for – its the sharp bit at the back!

    In fact, this Asian wasp is good reason why BioSecurity measures are needed – didn’t it only get into NZ during the 1980’s?

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  4. OTGO (579 comments) says:

    The fact that this Asian pest is even in NZ is proof that we should’ve heeded Winston’s warnings.

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  5. Chthoniid (2,047 comments) says:

    @thedavincemode

    I just can’t seem to persuade emperor penguins to drop by the tropical and subtropical locales I like to visit. Any ideas?

    @James

    I hate common names… yeah, Australian.

    @Elyacee

    Well these exotic wasps are nasty. Some of the tiny ones we’ve introduced for biological control are much more welcome
    Good biosecurity is fortunately, something all the major political parties agree on.

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  6. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    Spiderman

    Get some warm clothing. The mountain needs to go to Muhummad.

    Or leave some pilchards in your letterbox.

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  7. James Stephenson (2,266 comments) says:

    @Chthoniid- Australian is about as common as you can get.

    /smug

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