Friday, July 07, 2006

Post Number Two...Pottery

I found this while cleaning the boat yesterday. This was attached to a tow strap of nylon webbing that I had thrown up on the bow and left for months.

Each "urn" was carefully sealed. This was totally new for me.

I opened one urn with my pocket knife. This looks more "beelike" than the wasp larvae I expected to see.

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swamp4me said...

I've never seen that particular configuration before -- still inclined to think it is some sort of potter wasp.
Any sort of larval meal remnants in there anywhere?
And I agree with you, there is something new everyday -- all you have to do is be willing to see it.

Floridacracker said...

Swampy, I didn't notice any recognizeable meal remnants and I didn't open any of the other urns. I felt bad about sacrificing this baby...whatever it is. I placed the rest in a plant in a hanging basket on the porch.

swamp4me said...

Treebeard just saw your photo and said he had seen something similar here earlier this year.
Now I'm jealous -- both of you guys have seen something I've missed!
Perhaps the nest is distinctive enough for an ID - have you sent it to by any chance?

edifice rex said...

OhMan!! That is sooooo cool! I have never seen anything like that. Very humbling also to see that a little bug can make a better coil pot than I can. Especially when you think mine would have to be about my size and keep that wonderful proportion etc.

Hurricane Teen said...'re right, it does look more like a bee than a wasp...Still though, that "pottery" looks a lot like the work of a dirtdobber. We have a few of them on our back porch.

Floridacracker said...

I'm afraid this is where I confess to not having ever been to bugguide. Besides Thingfish will probably drop in here at some point and nail it!

I thought you might like that!

This is something different, even though the idea is similar.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

That looks like a dirt dobber to me also...I've never seen bees build this type of structure? I've opened some of the other chambers before and found dead spiders that the wasps sealed into the chamber so I guess the baby wasps could eat.

Hope you had fun clamming on Saturday.

TUFFENUF said...

I just love your blog. I have met more bugs there than I ever known existed! Good luck with the new camera, it takes excellent closeups.

Floridacracker said...

They may turn out to be wasps, the larva just looks chubby to me.

Hey Welcome! Cute dog!
Thanks for the kind words.

Leslie said...

No clue what it is but it is SO COOL!

Wayne said...

I agree with Swampy - looks like potter or mason wasps, maybe. We just have the usual Anasazi-like dobber nests. I haven't seen anything like that. Very nice structures - I love pottery shaped like that.