Saturday, 15 December 2012

The living dead

Mud dauber wasps are ever present around the house and the sound of their buzzing and tapping as they build their nests in nooks and crannies becomes background noise. One of their unfortunate nesting sites is between the top of sliding doors and the door frame, resulting in broken nests and disgorged contents raining down on you, on opening the door. I was busy cleaning up the mess when I looked at the variety of spiders that had been entombed as living food for the larva and thought worthy of a photo.

 It is amazing just how fast the wasps will get their nest built and how many spiders are captured to be carried or dragged to their final resting place. All  totally paralysed and unable to avoid being eaten alive.

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