Two species of native, colonial paper wasps are building nests in the same palm in our garden although they are on different leaves and well separated by height. The Polistes species in this photograph are quite low and I’m treating them with a great deal of respect; I know how painful their stings are! It is, however, fascinating to observe their behaviour and the nest construction is a work of art.
Although the adult wasps feed on nectar their larvae are fed a high protein diet which includes caterpillars. And in the midst of this typical wet season weather we have a lot of caterpillars munching into the lush new growth on our trees as well as helping themselves to a variety of our green vegetables.