If you walk on rough ground or along a country lane on a warm June or July night, you may come across a tiny, glowing stub of light like a cigarette end, but a pale, unearthly green.
As a beekeeper, I have been asked this question many times.
The implication is that wasps are of no use to humans, so their existence is puzzling.
So I thought, why not ask a wasp, and get a decent answer to the conundrum?
Given fine weather, with a little rain to refresh the flowers, June is the peak month for honeybee activity. The queen in the colony may be laying up to 2,000 eggs a day. Most of them are destined to develop into infertile female worker bees but a few hatch into drones, male bees.
Caroline Dilke is one of the West Dorset Beekeepers who will collect honeybee swarms in the area. She explains the process and the ‘strange madness’ that comes over beekeepers when dealing with this phenomenon.