Previously I lived in Sweden for nearly 20 years and my quest there was to hybridize auriculas to produce ever better plants suitable for the harsh Swedish climate. Whilst living there I also created and run Sweden’s Auricula Club. I've now returned to England to continue growing auriculas together with my daughter-in-law, Iris. Iris is also an enthusiastic & skilful Iris grower; many of her wonderful Irises can be seen on this blog.
26 Jul 2014
Rhyssa persuasoria - Parasitic wasp
Some solitary bees have been laying eggs in the holes of some shelving
units in the conservatory; they then seal the hole. But this does not protect
them from a parasitic wasp from finding them; drilling a hole and laying her
own eggs on the developing grubs. Nature can be fascinating to watch.