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Wasp Feeding on Honeydew | by SidPix
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Wasp Feeding on Honeydew

The accidentally introduced Common Wasp {Vespula vulgaris) became established in the 1970s and is now common throughout New Zealand. It has become a major pest problem, particularly in the South Island where it has invaded native beech forests competing with native birds and insects for energy-rich honeydew. This photo was taken at the Pelorus Bridge reserve in Marlborough.

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Taken on January 14, 2013