Discussions and Q and A about growing irises forum: Wasps seem to love my spurias...

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Imagegemini_sage
May 28, 2011 5:00 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
I have a clump of white species heirloom spurias in full bloom now, but I'm afraid to get close to them- they're buzzing and crawling with red wasps! There are at least a dozen buzzing around at any given time of day. It's really irritating, because I'm so used to touching and inspecting most every bloom!

Is it normal for wasps to be drawn to spurias?
ImagePollyK
May 28, 2011 5:25 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I would suspect there's some sort of yummy wasp food on the spurias, maybe some succulent caterpillars, or some gourmet wormy thingees. I don't think there would be any reason in particular they would be attracted to spuria.
Imageirisloverdee
May 28, 2011 6:11 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
I have never heard that one at all. My species spuria never seem to have anything except bees

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Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imageirisarian
May 28, 2011 7:31 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I have chased big bees from a miniature tall this afternoon. Annoying they get in my way. I never has anything crawling with wasps, Whew!
Imagegemini_sage
May 29, 2011 5:09 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Come to think of it, I don't recall seeing wasps on them like this in past years. There are a lot of tiny ants crawling all over them too, like you see on Peonies, so I figured something sweet is being produced. I haven't noticed any caterpillars, and the plants don't appear to have been nibbled by any bugs. Last night I strolled through the garden just before it got dark, and the wasps were gone, so I did get my chance to touch the blooms and get a close look at them. Funny how the fascination with the unusual flower structure of an Iris never leaves me, same as when I was a kid.
ImagePollyK
May 29, 2011 7:38 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

It could be the wasps are attracted to the ants on the spruia. I thought they went for bigger food, though. Or maybe the spuria does produce something sweet. I searched the internet to see what I could find about that, and nothing. But glad they're gone. I don't think the red wasps are normally too aggressive, are they? But I wouldn't want to mess with a bunch of them.

And I surely know what you mean about getting a close look at the blooms. They're fascinating, so many forms of the different irises.
Imagegemini_sage
May 29, 2011 7:47 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
They can be pretty aggressive- I've had them chase me all over the yard. Last year one stung a friend and chased her all around the deck and into the house, it just wouldn't give up!
Imageirisloverdee
May 29, 2011 8:03 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
A couple of years back I hit an underground nest of Wasp and got hit with about 30 stings and they followed me as I ran out of the area. Never really thought about wasp being that aggressive. Found one thing that will kill the entire nest and all and that was pouring Daconil down the hole so we keep that on hand just in case.

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Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

ImagePollyK
May 29, 2011 4:12 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Up here the red ones aren't nearly as bad as the black ones. The black ones are very aggressive. Usually none of them bother me. I've killed two hornets in the house this year, though. Those are nasty. I can always plan on getting stung twice a summer.
Imagegemini_sage
May 29, 2011 4:16 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
That's odd to be finding hornets in the house, I wonder if they're constructing a nest in an attic space or something? They can be very aggressive, be careful if you're in any storage areas.
ImagePollyK
May 29, 2011 4:18 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I will, thanks. I think they're just coming in a loose screen, hope, hope. I'm taking it to get it fixed next week. I will go check out the storage areas, though. Good idea.
ImageBrock
May 31, 2011 11:01 PM CST
Name: Brock Heilman
z5a Southeast Michigan
AIS-MIS-SIS-ICSEM-Mio-SWMIS-ICOM
As I recall, wasps and ants are in the same family. I've had ants all over the SPUs in the past. Figure they produce some kind of nectar.
Imagegemini_sage
Jun 1, 2011 4:23 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Brock, I didn't know that ants and wasps were in the same family, but now that I think of it, makes perfect sense. Wasps even look like large winged ants.

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