Wordless Wednesday- Wasp and Larvae

This is going to be more like Not So Wordless Wednesday, but I must fill you in.

So we had a wasps nest in our backyard.  Seems the wasps liked the bird house Logan painted (the birds certainly did not!) and decided to make it their home.  While the kids were playing soccer today they accidentally knocked the birdhouse down into our planter.  One wasp landed on our back door as if he were trying to get those pesky kids who knocked his house down:

wasp

Once the wasps had stopped swarming (there were only a few) we went out to check out the nest that had fallen out.  We noticed some newer larvae, and then some of the cylinders were covered (like a little cocoon).

wasps nest

I grabbed a stick and peeled one open, and look what came out:

wasp emerges

wasp hatched

This guy must have been very close to ‘hatching out’ on his/her own.

Upon opening up other ‘cocoons’ we discovered developing larvae.

wasp larvaeIt was a fascinating spontaneous science lesson for this homeschooling family! 🙂

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Comments

  1. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sometimes education is terrifying.

  2. That is really cool! I don’t think I’d have the nerve to touch the nest knowing there were still wasps out there. You are brave! 🙂

  3. OMGosh! Ok half of me is agreeing with you – what an awesome lesson for the kids… and then the other half of me is sitting here saying ‘ewww ewww ewww creepy!’. Oh I don’t know if I could be as brave as you, I’d be too scared!

  4. Ummmm… You got Close! I dont think I could get close to them like you did!

  5. Great idea, opening up the nest! I love it! We have wasps here too. Lots of them, different kinds. I think at least one of the kids gets stung every summer we’ve lived here so far… lol.

  6. This is so vey cool. How lucky you are to find this. I am new to your site…stopping by from Create with Joy.

  7. Betty Baez says:

    eeek!!!! you have some courage i wouldnt went running….i had hubs spray all the nests this past weekend and yesterday the very first wasp got into our house for the first time and it was sheer panick lol ive never been stung and dont plant on it

  8. looks fascinating dont think I have ever been that close
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  9. Aaakkk! I would never have gotten that close for a picture.. these are really cool shots though.

  10. Yikes, I am terrified of anything that stings LOL. But those are amazing photos and it’s very cool to see that nest and larvae like that.

  11. That is so amazing! How cool to see it emerge like that!! My boys would love to see something like that!

  12. Ok, really cook looking, but EEEK! lol Those scare me, but at the same time it is really cool to see how they grow into wasps!

  13. That is so cool!! Not sure I would have been brave enough to touch it!

  14. That is really cool… flying stinging things scare the bejeezus out of me now though…. I got stung by like 30 yellow jackets a few years back. Let me say. OUCHHH.

  15. Very afraid of wasps! I have killed three INSIDE our house recently…. ahhhh! By the way, what kind of camera/lens are you using?Great pics!!

  16. Oh my goodnesss! That is crazy looking. I am glad it could turn into a learning experience for the kids!

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