The man sharing his bathroom with a wasp

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Image source, Ben Dolphin
Image caption, The wasp constructed its nest in a hole in a window frame

A conservationist has shared a short film he made of a wasp constructing a nest in his bathroom in the hope of improving the insects' reputation.

The mason wasp has built the nest in Ben Dolphin's accommodation at National Trust for Scotland's (NTS) Mar Lodge, near Braemar, in the Cairngorms.

Fife-based Mr Dolphin said the wasp later filled the nest with insects it had caught, before laying an egg.

Once the larvae hatches it will have a ready supply of food before flying off.

Image source, Ben Dolphin
Image caption, The wasp busy inside its nest

The solitary mason wasp constructed its nest in a socket hole in the frame of the bathroom's window.

Mr Dolphin, a seasonal ranger with NTS and president of Ramblers Scotland, said insects were often seen as "villains" and he hoped to help change perceptions of them.

He said: "Unlike common wasps or German wasps - the two black and yellow ones that folk actively dislike - these don't form colonies and are instead solitary.

"They don't bother humans and go largely unnoticed. They are one of thousands of species of wasp that we live alongside without even realising."

Image source, Ben Dolphin
Image caption, The wasp has left food in the nest for its larva

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