This was one of the most interesting (to me) things I have seen on a nature walk. I walked through part of our lake property, which is very grown up and hard to maneuver through. There is a huge magnolia (the tree we in the South call a magnolia..with the big white blossoms and big, shiny green leaves) there, and there were some brown, dead limbs and leaves amidst the green ones. I was looking at those, and saw this!
As I shot photos, I realized this wasp had to be dead since there was no movement at all.
To get a good angle, I finally tried to break off a small dead branch, and that dislodged this wasp, making him/her fall to the forest floor.
Don't wasps seal up their nests once the eggs are in the chambers? What season, I wonder, do they lay these eggs? What happened to this wasp?
I will probably never know.
I guess I can check the nest again, but I assume the eggs won't make it.
I found this on wikipedia about social wasp/egg laying/nest creation:
I guess she had just started this nest. IF that is even the queen. Maybe it was a worker. But the article says that the queen starts a nest the size of a walnut and lays her eggs...so...
"After emerging from hibernation during early summer, the young queens search for a suitable nesting site. Upon finding an area for their colony, the queen constructs a basic wood fiber nest roughly the size of a walnut into which she will begin to lay eggs."
I saw so many cool things this day, but this was my favorite.
I am very behind, but I am just posting Sunday, April 20's pics to night. Since I have 5 pics I liked from that nature walk that day. Then I have " single shots" on iphone I can post really quickly for Mon-Wed that I can post tomorrow.
Still trying to hang on to my dedication to "photo a day for a year" thing. It is exhausting! But I am addicted.
I love all youze guyze! Take care!
** tagged for theme-community because a paper wasp nest like this is a little community.....
Other pics from that nature walk Sunday at the lake:
Rooster on a Stick
Call the Orkin Man!
Spider on Spider violence