Mud Wasp

It's not pretty in a conventional sense but how amazing is this Mud wasp...


I’ve seen the nests all over the Kimberley but never watched one being built until a few days ago. Always assumed the wasp carried small amounts of mud in its mouth, like a Fairy Martin does when building its nest. Instead the wasp carries a ball of wet mud using its legs and proceeds to build individual chambers for individual larvae. Even more impressive is that the wasp finds a spider or caterpillar, paralyses it, and places it in the chamber with the larvae, so the larvae can feed. How amazing is that! Sure enough, if you were to open up a chamber of the nest you find a larvae and a still alive, paralysed, spider or caterpillar waiting to be eaten. Yep, nature is pretty incredible.



©  Gary Annett Photography 2020

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