The Disorientated Wasp.

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As I was out in the garden this afternoon for some reason I looked down and there was a wasp just there on the ground doing nothing.
I stood and watched it for a while and still it did nothing. “Macro moment” I thinks.

I went and got my camera and out I went. (I shut the hounds inside). It didn`t seem a happy wasp – it`s abdomen was pulsing up and down but it never moved or made no movement to escape.

I then noticed that one of it`s antenna was damaged so I wondered if one of the dogs had had a go at it and caught it`s antenna. I`m no
entomologist but I wondered whether they need them for flight navigation?

Anyway, I have posted the shots I took and then helped the docile creature onto some rhubarb leaf and put him out of the dogs way.

I felt I had done my good deed for the day – I hope he finds his way home…….

I had a quick Google around and apparently antenna are used for smell. If anyone else can give any other information I`d be grateful.
He didn`t appear harmed in any other way.

I wrote to an entomology site and got this reply.

Dear Susan

Thank you for the email. Antennae are one of the main sensory organs for insects and are important for many insect activities. That said, they do have two and, having looked at the pictures, I doubt a missing tip of the antennae would be too much of a problem.

It’s hard to tell why the wasp was docile and it may be that the damaged antennae is unrelated to its behaviour. A pulsating abdomen may indicate that it’s been very active and is trying to get oxygen to its tissues by actively pumping haemolymph around.

Best wishes

Kieren.

Comments

9 Aug, 2011
Humbug
phili said:

Some very nice close ups there Saucy,well done.

9 Aug, 2011
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aster said:

Those last two are fantastic macro shots Saucy. I don't know about antenna but he could have been a bit in shock if the injury had just happened. As you say,your good deed :)
I keep fishing them out of the bird bath and water barrel after they have fallen in getting a drink !
As autumn comes along though they do become dopey and are more likely to sting.

9 Aug, 2011
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jane said:

Well done Saucy for the rescue. Last time I helped a wasp which was drowning in our pond it stung me for my efforts !! But still would do the same again ! Hope the fella recovered..:o)

10 Aug, 2011
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muddywalters said:

Wonderful close-ups Saucy and a very interesting blog too. :-))

10 Aug, 2011
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Fabulous shots

10 Aug, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

You cetainly got a lot of info and some great photos , on behalf of one wasp Saucy well done ..

10 Aug, 2011
Dipper
david said:

Amazing shots, Saucy, and very interesting info you have passed on here. :-)

11 Aug, 2011
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shakingbongo said:

Hi saucy pic 4 & 5 are my favorites and you have taught me two things about wasps as well (thanks)

13 Aug, 2011
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mike said:

Great set of close ups Saucy - I bet you were chuffed.

14 Aug, 2011
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saucy said:

I was Mike.

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