Wednesday, August 18, 2010
A hard fall and wasps.
Himself decided to have a lay in the hammock. He said he got in and before he knew it the ground was coming up at him fast. The end had come undone from the tree trunk and down he went. He said he didn't have enough breath in him to call out to me and there he was spread eagle on the ground with a flippin hen pecking at his head. ( his words) All my fault of course, he says I didn't tie it on properly. Thing is, he tied it back on after I undid it so I could get back and forth to the clothes line yesterday. After an inspection of his body it was deemed that he was okay.
My daughter, granddaughter, her boyfriend and grandson were here last weekend. It was lovely to see them and the weather was perfect. Laurie asked me if I had heard of wood wasps. I said no I hadn't at which point she got a log from the stacked wood and showed me. Well, not the wasp but the hole it was in. She said it made a loud crunching noise when it was eating and that there would be a small pile of sawdust kicked out. I hadn't seen or heard anything until the other night when I was sitting out having coffee with friends. I asked them if they had heard of these wasps and the answer was no. Only moments after that we all turned our heads to the log as there was a very loud crunching sound coming from in and a lovely little pile of sawdust on the table under the hole. As far as I know it's the larvae that's doing the chewing.
You can't really see the hole in this picture as it's very small.
So I decided to get some information on these creatures. They are hot tempered and sting. They don't swarm but lurk. They have long life cycles. They will eat through siding, even asphalt to get back to their nests. That's just some basic information.
This is a picture I found of the adult.