Friday, September 16, 2011

While we were away

Our front porch doesn't see a lot of activity in July and August. It's simply too hot to spend much time there, unless you're our resident front-porch skink. Better to spend the cool mornings on the shaded, screened, back porch. So I shouldn't have been surprised when I saw something on one of the front porch chairs.
Obviously no one had been sitting in this chair much if the mud daubers had time to build such a large nest. This species is called the organ-pipe mud dauber, for obvious reasons. This is what a more typical nest looks like:
This nest has been there for a while and the young have emerged. They're not serious pests and they prey on black-widow spiders, so I usually leave them alone. But I must confess to destroying the one on the chair.


  1. It amazes me how an insect can build something as cool as that nest!

  2. We have them under some of our eaves, but never had one build on the deck furniture. I'd be getting rid of it too.

  3. Quite a work of art; shame they aren't the kind of things you want to cohabit too closely with.