... the scene of the crime
... the victim and the perpetrator
... the wasp goes below to get things ready for the guest
... poor katydid lies there like turkey on the platter
... time to pull the victim down to meet the family
... oh, how I wish I had the fiberoptic cam to thread down into the nest to see just what happens next
This little vignette is right out of a Discovery Channel nature show. I have watched these wasps for the past three years, when they began taking up residence under the bricks of my terrace. They are not aggressive to humans at all and have no real tendencies to protect their nest entrances. They buzz about but co-exist well with us. If we rough the sand up by the entrances with the hose, our feet or chairs, they simply wait for us to clear the area and then stand in the entrance holes and dig the sand clear again. No worries ... unless you are a katydid or caterpillar, that is!
Nature certainly is a wonder, isn't it?
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