Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Unusual activity.......

......right at our front door. A European wasp has decided that it is an ideal spot to build a nest.
Firstly check that all is OK on the outside
Quite unaware that I'm here taking photos of her home making.
then go inside to see if its snug enough. I don't think she will inhabit this spot long........wait till I tell Popeye.


Well the nest is no longer adorning our front door. Popeye waited until the "mother" wasp was inside the nest, placed a plastic bag around it and with a quick twist of the wrist the whole kit and kaboodle was inside the bag with mother showing extremely aggressive behaviour.
After he killed the poor mother wasp (I can't help feeling a bit sorry for her) we inspected the nest, no eggs inside as yet, but little 'cubicles' which looked almost as if they were made of paper, where they were to be laid. Apparently they chew up wood to construct their nest, hence the resemblance to paper. Very interesting.
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Stewart said...

A bit like building a house next to an airport.

Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

Oh yes, get rid of her, you don't want her shifting in near you. Glad to see you are still around Olive.

Mickle in NZ said...

My Folks get them up in Tauranga. Dad waits until the nest is quiet in the evening and then gives them a blast of insect spray - that "learns" them.