Friday, February 17, 2006

Mud Wasps Again

The Mud Wasps are at it again. Doing strange things.

This is what is in the car port:

Mudwasp

I am not sure that I have ever seen one like this before, looking all like a Mud Triffid. (Yes, the plant Triffid is out at the minute, so it must be the season).

Here is last year's nest, so it looks like each spider (I think it is), with wasp eggs laid in it, goes in a particular chamber.

Mudwasp2

So maybe, just maybe I have caught this before the final layer of mud goes on, and all those little tubes are incorporated into the big nest.

Seeing what they did last year, I will be waiting in anticipation

And trying to catch up on my garden posts - not a lot of time lately, for gardening or posting, but have a few things saved up to talk about.

But gotta go and finish batch two of sauce first.

7 Comments:

Blogger Cathy said...

I love the mudwasps - first met them in Midwest but none here in Colorado. And happy belated blogversary!

4:45 AM  
Blogger Zoey said...

That big nest looks like a human heart -

8:09 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

I'm sure you could play a tune on those holes, like a set of Pan Pipes.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Yes, I agree with Zoey, that big nest looks like a human heart. Amazing!

5:56 AM  
Blogger MargaretR said...

I thought it looked like a teapot, but now that it's been mentioned it really does look more like a human heart.

1:43 AM  
Blogger Stuart said...

These guys are messier than spiders who don't clean up after themselves. Intriguing to see them for the first time but after the initial novelty has worn off they're just plain messy.

4:35 PM  
Blogger blueblue said...

I haven't quite seen a nest built like that. I tend to leave them alone as they're not a bother other than having to clear down the nests eventually. After I read that the mudwasps take a grub and seal it into their nest for their hatchlings I figure they have a job to do in my garden.

9:24 PM  

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