September 21st 2009
The solitary female wasp began building her nest right by our back door; the most frequently used door in the house, and I just let her carry on. The first three cells were completed and I assume she has stuffed each one full of spiders which have been paralyzed. She then laid an egg in each cell, closed up the entry and began work on another. Three have already been completed and she is busy at work on the fourth.
September 25th 2009
Here she is busy closing up another cell. This is one busy little wasp and you can imagine my coming in and out of the house rather disturbed the process. So many times I walked out and right into the action that I quickly became conditioned with the startle response even when she wasn't there. Still I let her carry on.
September 28th 2009
I thought the cells blended in very well with the stucco but she now decided to do a bit of a camouflage job.
October 5th 2009
October 6th 2009
October 8th 2009
Oh, no! Several people in the neighborhood must have had soil delivered. Some got red death and some chocolate loam.
October 9th 2009
We usually knock the cells off whenever we see them but I might just let this one stay. The egg will hatch inside and the larva will feast on the spiders before pupating and emerging as an adult. I will be interested to see how many hatch next spring.