Several new species of wasp have arrived in Britain with our warming weather, and their larger relative the hornet, once confined to the extreme south, has spread across England.
But how is our common wasp fairing? Most queen wasps still do not survive the winter. However, it is not cold that will have killed them, but spiders or other predators.
Soon warmer days will bring the remainder out of hibernation. They will first look for nectar to give them strength to start building their nests. The timing of their emergence is hazardous because if they wake too early they might die of starvation through lack of spring flowers.