Who lives in a house like this : the thilling climax?

It may not be 100% scientifically proven, but based on the evidence that the pods in the door jamb have started to hatch, and this beauty was caught red-handed at the kitchen door trying to make a break for it – do we have our mud-building, spider-torturing beastie?

Organ Pipe Mud Dauber Wasp (Trypoxylon politum)

Organ Pipe Mud Dauber Wasp
(Trypoxylon politum)

She was very obliging for the photograph, docile and quiet – I was quickly able to release her into the great outdoors. Probably heading straight for a quaff of sweet nectar, after weeks of nothing but half-dead spider.

I’ve grown quite fond of this OPMDW – she doesn’t sting, burrow or chew, she keeps the spider population down (not perceptably), she pollinates flowers and is capable of non-destructive, ingenius architecture.

She is therefore welcome to inhabit the Doorway, and co-exist with all the other creatures who call it home.

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7 thoughts on “Who lives in a house like this : the thilling climax?

    • I should report back that the Mud Pod in the Jar experiment has not yielded any information – its all very quiet in there. Now I would just like to witness the wasp collecting mud, and doing some construction.

  1. Isn’t she a beauty. And she’s a patient model which is more than I can say for most pests. I’ll try to ignore the contents of her first meal(s) and like her for who she is.

    Thanks for the great detective work – it’s been fun to watch.

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