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Habitat: Almost anywhere – Nests in the ground.
The bright yellow collar and white tail help to identify this bee.
It lives in colonies containing three castes – queens, males and workers.
The workers are the most numerous.
The queens resemble workers but are mush bigger.
Males are less common and often differ with pattern.
Habitat: Woods, hedgerows and other rough places: nests in holes, often in buildings:.
The Common Wasp (V. vulgads) is the wasp that buzzes around our food in late summer.
Look for the prominent bulge on the yellow thoracic stripe.
The face usually has three black spots, and workers and queens have four yellow spots at the rear of the thorax.
Wings are folded along the sides of the body at rest.
The queen is much bigger than the worker.
Habitat: Anywhere with trees, including gardens.
Europe’s largest social wasp, the Hornet is easily recognised by its brown and gold pattern. Note the deeply notched eyes, typical of the social wasps.
It nests in hollow trees and other cavities and feeds its grubs on other insects, including butterflies.
The adults, less aggressive than most other wasps, enjoy fruit and also drink sap oozing from damaged trees
Habitat: Almost anywhere with sufficient flowers and nest sites: common in gardens.
This plump, rounded bee has a black thorax and reddish hairs on the abdomen – much denser in. the female, shown here, than in the male.
The female is noticeably larger than the male and has two small black horns just under her eyes.
Females make mud nests in a variety of cavities, often tunneling in the mortar of old walls if they cannot find existing holes.
Habitat: Almost anywhere with trees, rocks or walls in which it can nest: common around houses.
One of many similar solitary wasps that make their nests with mud or clay.
They are not easy to distinguish because many of the diagnostic features are on the underside, but this species usually has a square black mark at the front of the abdomen.
It nests in all kinds of crevices. The nest is stocked with small caterpillars.
Habitat: Heated buildings, including greenhouses, and also in coal mines and sewers.
In the male the abdomen is almost entirely covered by the forewings, but in the female (above) the forewings are reduced to tiny flaps.
These cockroaches are agile and run very fast. Neither sex can fly.
This insect originally came from Asia and North Africa and is known as the black beetle or oriental cockroach.
It is basically a scavenger living on rubbish tips and buildings with a food supply.
Habitat: Although it is often found in woods and fields, for the most part this rodent is seen in the immediate neighbourhood of buildings, especially where there are stored foods.
Colonies of mice have even been found in large meat refrigerators, in perpetual darkness and at temperatures below freezing.
Breeding is continuous all year round and mice living in dwelling houses average 5 litters a year with 5 young in each litter.
Though it’s natural food is grain, it will eat practically anything edible, and it can exist with little water.
Habitat: Rats have kept close to man.
Where man is, there is food and shelter whether for himself or his domestic animals. When man loads his ships with grain and other foodstuffs, rats have tended to go with them.
They even get into bales of merchandise and are conveyed in the holds of ships; or failing that, there are always mooring ropes to serve as bridges from the quay to the vessel.
The result has been that, over and above the original natural spread, rats have been carried unwittingly by man to all corners of the globe. The arrival of the common rat in this country was only one small stage in the process.