I have just been "pruning" some willow in my garden. I use " " because anything in my garden is always more akin to logging than pruning.
The willows are covered with giant willow aphids again and their leavings are attracting a myriad of sugar loving critters, including hundreds of wasps. When I say hundreds, I am not exaggerating. (Caz, look away now, find something else to occupy you.)
Despite me hacking at the willow with shears, secateurs, machete and a hedge trimmer, and despite having wasps crawling all over me, (I did warn you Caz.) I did not get stung once.
So, is it because I am not near their nest? Is it because the willow sap, passed through an aphid, acts a a soporific? Or is it, as I strongly suspect, that wasps are kind gentle, badly maligned creatures?