Saturday, August 16, 2008

Little builder

wasp building



What do you do if you're a blogger and a wasp decides to build their home on the eave of your house? Well of course, you run out and take pictures of the process! Unfortunately, I accidentally got it wet while using the hose and he quit building.

Sorry guys, I forgot to give a timeline.  It only took him three days to get from point A (no nest) to point B (last photo), four days tops.  He was a speedy little worker.  He never came back after I inadvertantly damaged it so I finished knocking it down.

I also neglected to say that I sent my brave son (with the camera) up on a small ladder to get closer to the creature.  He waited and waited and finally the wasp came back, but Haden came running down the rungs because 'He's looking at me!', when the wasp quit looking and started working Haden climbed back up and said 'He won't look at me.' - I laughed, cuz I'm that way. :)

18 comments:

  1. I don't know about having a wasp in the neighborhood, but the process is quite beautiful!

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  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one "crazy" enough to do something like this! :)

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  3. I am glad you got these, Lisa? How long did it take him to do this?

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  4. How cool this series is! Maybe it will come back after it dries out? Great captures.

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  5. Pretty! We just had to eradicate a very large nest of hornets due to its location. It was dangerously low and we were afraid the kids would accidentally mess with it. We killed the adults through the hole of the nest and then dissected the nest to show the kids the inside. The larvae was still living. One of the babies was "hatching" as we watched and he ate through the tough paper like film over his hole. Then he crawled out into the wide world and flexed his wings. It was a sight to see! I got pictures too!

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  6. That's what I would have done.

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  7. It's fascinating how they build their nests

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  8. What kind of wasp is that? Pretty cool nest he was building. Our wasps down here don't build things like that. I knwo when I see a spider in the middle of building her web, I always have to stop and watch for a few minutes. It's amazing how they know just how to do those things...

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  9. Thanks for sharing! How long did it take him?

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  10. That is a fine series of nature pictures. I am glad that you mentioned getting the little nest wet as the comment reminded me to go out and move the hose. :)

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  11. Fascinating images! Very well done!
    Cheers, Klaus

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  12. The only thing that happens to me when I accidentally get wasp nest wet is I accidentally get stung.
    Great photos.

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  13. Wow, very cool - your audience awaits Lisa - what was the timeline for this?

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  14. I'd be out there taking pictures and THEN huffin' and puffin' and blowing it's little house down!! Very cool post! Thanks for sharing it!

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  15. anglophilefootballfanatic.comAugust 18, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Wow. I was wondering how you managed the sequence. Four days of shots, eh? Beautiful.

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  16. That is sooooooooooooooooooo crazy cool! Our wasp in Texas don't build things that look like that! We have the ones that build lumps of dirt all over! UGH! I would have NEVER got up on that ladder and took those pics...NO WAY NO HOW! I'm a sissy girl when it comes to wasp or bees!!!!!

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