Our little male black-chinned hummingbird has staked out our hummingbird feeder for his missus, and woe unto any other male hummingbird that comes to feed. His female comes to feed, and if another male tries to drive her off, then our male swoops in on the usurper and they engage in quite a martial display. What other creature can turn the tables on our little over-eager male hummie and drive him away? A wasp.
Of course, the wasps love the sugar water; they stick their little tongues into the feeder, and enjoy the sweetness. If the wasps are stationed on the feeder, the male hummie will come in and seek a spot away from them. He feeds a little more anxiously than usual, and if the wasps move at all, then away he goes!
I am afraid of these small beasts as well. In trying to put fresh sugar water into the feeder, I have the unenviable task of trying to shoo the wasps away and make sure I don’t get nailed by them. They will chase me if disturbed, and the hummie is all too aware of how nasty these creatures are as well. I am disappointed by the wasps’ presence.