Wordless Wednesday – Wasp Nest

by Deb on October 12, 2011

Wasp Nest

We get a lot of wasp nests around here, one day we opened one to see. Each egg gets its own little mud house with caterpillars, then the whole thing is covered again.

nest contents

The contents of the nest, with larvae, eggs, and caterpillar snacks.

larva

One of the larva, the head is at the bottom and it really was just filled with green liquid.

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penny @ Wildlife Fun 4 Kids October 12, 2011 at 9:04 am

Wow Deb! That is fanatstic and so interesting. I hope I can find one, I want to show Miss Possum.

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Kym - Mumma's Mini Me October 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

Wow that is fascinating but also kinda creepy for me! don’t know if I would be brave enough to touch it!

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Deb October 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

There definitely wasn’t much touching involved. They actually looked a bit like jelly lollies, but the caterpillars were a horrible reminder.

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Daisy October 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Wait, so the wasps put caterpillars in there for the larva to snack on? Creepy Crawlies are creepy! But I’ve never seen the inside of a wasp’s nest before – how interesting!
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Deb October 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Yes, these solitary wasps build the little house and stuff it full of caterpillars, then lay an egg in there and close it up. Some wasps leave the caterpillars alive so they are nice and fresh and just paralyse them, I don’t know what these do because they certainly seemed dead. I do wonder how the larva breathe and how they know which way to get out – maybe they leave a small hole.

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Tamara October 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Oh what a fabulous view. I have never looking inside a wasp nest

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Lifeasmummymax October 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

wow thats amazing. Wasps scare the hell out of me.
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Krys - Baby Massage October 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Ew, ew, ew! Me too!!! Glad I could see this from the safety of my computer!

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Trish October 13, 2011 at 1:53 am

Interesting but gruesome death for the caterpillar.
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Alicia C. October 14, 2011 at 1:27 am

OK, this is just plain cool! I’m saving to show my oldest when he gets home. We’ve often pondered what was inside those nests, but were never brave enough to find out!
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