Friday, September 19, 2008

Good Thing It Was Empty

Hornet's NestWhen we took apart the eaves we found this stuck in the corner and the boys immediately claimed it. Have you ever seen a wasp's nest up close? Without the tenants? Me neither--I found it very cool.

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25 comments:

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

That is very cool!

So now that your boys have claimed it, what are they going to DO with it??

Maddy said...

Now you know I'm not into one-up-man-woman-person-ship, but we had four in the eaves. Of course ours were also full of wasps. Did I mention that I wasn't into one-up-man-woman-person-ship?

You're right though, they're are something magnificent to ponder.....if you can wait until they're empty.

Cheers

SarahHub said...

What a cool photo!

Now what?

patty w said...

I had to take my big metal star off the house on Sunday...due to Ike moving through ...the winds were banging it around. When I did , I turned it over and there it was, a wasps nest!

When I was young, they were putting a new roof on our back porch and when they tore the old one off there was a nest too...as big as the roof, it was all through the framing.. eww.

Thanks to Hurricane Ike, we also lost power for 3 days! So happy to be electrified again! LOL

Beth said...

We once had one of those that was built right on a window. It was like the nest was cut in half, and you could look in it from the other side. We could see the babies (YUK!) and all the work going on in there - it was really cool!

imadramamama said...

Oh my, I'm glad you saw it AFTER the fact. That's massive.

Gabrielle said...

Yikes! I know how boys just flock to anything outdoors! I presently have an entire snake skin in a plastic ziploc baggie, the second snake skin in the house! I have a birds nest on my front porch, a cup full of acorns from walking to the school bus this morning, and who knows what will end up inside by the end of today!!!

Munchkins and Music said...

Crazy! This summer there was a bee's nest under a slide on the playground, but bee's were in it. I was so glad I went over to the slide before I let my daughter slide down because they started swarming me!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

We had one inside our electrical box, outside! There WERE wasps coming and going, but my hubs just took a guess at how many, armed himself with wasp spray, and opened the trap door. He said there were literally hundreds! Sprayed the life out of the can and RAN.

Ew. Ew. Ew.

Christine@AreWeThereYetMom said...

Isn't that amazingly beautiful?

Glad the wasps all moved out!

We had one on the side of our house, and it wasn't anywhere near as big as the one you found. My dad had to knock it down and swat away about twenty wasps.

Anonymous said...

accually my son ryan shoots these things off houses with airsoft guns

even when they are alive

he does it for a living at 13

Genny said...

We've found one of those too, and we put it in a plastic bag and kept it (of all places) in our pantry for a while. I have to admit, a couple of times, I picked it up to examine it again and just MAKE SURE it was empty! LOL.

Mandy said...

Oh, I have a funny story about a wasp nest. Maybe I should blog it??? Nah, let me share with you, I got a brand new canon camera, super cool, and I was so excited with the zoom on this new toy of mine so I took it outside and started to take pics. I looked up and saw there was a wasp nest on the side of my house so I zoomed in as far as I could and started to take pics. I thought I was far enough away from it that I wouldn't disturb any wasp, well, not far enough as one wasp came directly to my face, thankfully I had my camera there and it missed. I got the hint though and left them alone after that. BUT I got some cool pics!!!

Octamom said...

Yikes! We had some Jurassic enormous wasp nests in an old colonial style home we re-did a few years back. The nests really are a marvel of design--and, boy, can their occupants be territorial!!

Glad this one was empty!
Blessing!

Amber M. said...

I so have the heebies. Even empty.

Pencil Writer said...

May I just say how fortunate you all are with the empty nest (syndrome?). And, yes! It is way cool to look at. I hope David finds a way to keep it safe from deteriorating--and being re-inhabited!

Richelle said...

Yikes! At least it was empty! It is pretty cool looking, though.

Daisy said...

Wasps' nests are really fascinating. If you can find one when it's small and compare it to this one, it'll be even more interesting. Did the boys look into the process of making the paper-like substance? Oh, geez, my inner science teacher is showing. Oops.

Lei said...

Looks like the perfect observation subject... this is all my 3yo talks about now, observing bugs and such. (He brought a worm home from preschool last week and I had to go and buy him a magnifying glass so he could make "official" observations in his notebook... lol)

chelle said...

Wow that is awesome! Good that the owners are long gone!

Beck said...

I can see an empty wasp's nest right from where I'm sitting, actually!

One Mom said...

Mother Nature is certainly impressive. Good thing the wasps had evacuated...that could a been a different story!

Lisa Milton said...

I think they are fascinating. Lovely.

Killlashandra said...

We see them all the time. In the spring and summer the kids are forever spraying nests and knocking them off the eaves of our house too. I'm not found of them no matter how intriguing and delightful the hive is to photograph. ;)

luckyzmom said...

And they grow so fast. We were always having to get them off the area between the garage door and the overhang of the roof in our last home, which was cedar. We've only had one so far on our stucco home. They are amazing constructions though.