20 May, 2010

Things that fly and Icky green things…

I just watched a rather large wasp shove a bright green something into its new nest, which unbeknownst to me was being built inside my room. I quickly threw down my mosquito net to be safe, but realizing that it was busy shoving whatever it had inside the hole, I ventured out of my safe place and grabbed my camera. After a couple of shots, I retreated to my enclave again and waited and watched. The dangerous winged creature finally flew back out of my room and I quickly slammed my door shut and closed my windows.

I stared into the hole to see if the green thing was moving. Was it an egg sack? A soon to be queen wasp? Was it alive? Not seeing anything moving inside, I knew I had to get it out of my room! I flipped over the mud nest and inside was not one but TWO little caterpillars and they were still alive; albeit barely. I know practically nothing about wasps except that their stingers really REALLY hurt (memories from my youth not soon forgotten). I have no idea if those caterpillar things were baby wasps or what. They could have been the wasp’s dinner. I briefly thought about letting it stay and seeing what will happen, but as I mentioned, the thought was brief as I didn’t really want my room to be a science lab. So I opened my windows and doors, flipped the nest and its green inhabitants out the window, retreated once again to the safety of my net enclosed bed….and waited.

Soon here comes the wasp just beeboppin’ along and then the buzzing intensified as he spotted his defunct home. The wasp was probably a little confused at first and then was just plain pissed! The buzzing went on for awhile in trying to find an answer to the mystery of the missing nest. I found myself thinking “don’t look this way, don’t look this way” as I sat not moving a muscle. The wasp finally gave up and flew back out my door. I hope it’s not coming back and that it tells all its wasp friends to stay away from the ‘room with the disappearing nest’.

1 comment:

MKL said...

I just had to look it up on the internet...

"Wasps are predators, feeding insects and other arthropods to their young, which develop in the nest. They are beneficial because they prey on many insects, including caterpillars, flies, crickets, and other pests. During late summer and fall, as queens stop laying eggs and their nests decline, wasps change their food gathering priorities and are more interested in collecting sweets and other carbohydrates. Some wasps may become aggressive scavengers around human food and may be common around outdoor activities where food or drinks are served."

Well there you go!