07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

It has been a lovely day and the bees have been busy collecting pollen – I could have spent the whole day just watching the hive entrances with the comings and goings. I checked the fondant on the hives and was surprised as I lifted one roof; there was a queen wasp, a huge thing,but it soon became a two dimensional object!
Later in the day in my garden I was sorting spare hives and equipment. Again as I lifted a roof on an empty hive there was a queen wasp. This one escaped me (drat!) and later on in our verandah a queen wasp dared to come prying, looking for a suitable nest site ( I hope it was the same one and not another). My swipes and swats were hopeless and it escaped through the open door – need to sharpen up my reactions.