BK 4BR Park Vue Fully Stocked

The Nethermead Arches is a great place for wasp condos. The bridge provides protection from the sun and rain, so organpipe mud-dauber wasps, Trypoxylon politum, build their nests upon its vertical surfaces. Each tube here is made up of several separate cells. An egg was laid in each cell with a cache of paralyzed spiders for the wasp larva to eat upon hatching. I assume these nests were made last year, and that the wasps just recently emerged this spring. This big blue-black wasp with the very thin waist is beautiful and rather harmless (unless you’re a spider), even though it looks quite fierce.

Compare these wonderfully architectural nests with the much more free-form mudpile of the black and yellow mud dauber wasp, which is currently nesting in my backyard, the Back 40. Also consider the completely other material differences with the paper nest of the bald faced hornet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




Share

Bookmark and Share

Join 479 other followers

Twitter

Nature Blog Network

Archives


%d bloggers like this: