27 June 2010

Wasps again

We've been clearing out another stall of the small barn, today, making room for the new chicks and some potential chicks from the five eggs that a broody hen is incubating for us at the moment. As I tipped a wheelbarrow-load of straw on to the compost heap, I noticed this delicate structure on the underside of the barrow. If you look hard (or click on the picture for a closer look), you can see the wasp larvae in the cells towards the bottom left.

1 comment:

hbierlich said...

The wasp nest is really impressive, not in size, but because of the precise shape of the cells. One has to wonder where/how they learned that the hexagon is the most efficient shape for this sort of effort.