Friday, June 3, 2011

Animal: Polistes sp.

Tragically, the paper wasp pictured here did not survive our encounter, because I knocked it down, flung it to the ground, and stepped on it.

It should have known better than to try to start building a nest on our garage door, was my thinking.


Tere Ynadamás said...

Era necesario que muriera? :((

mr_subjunctive said...

Tere Martínez:

Possibly not, but Sheba was running around at the time and I didn't want the wasp to decide to chase either of us. And the nest really did have to come down. I'm not vehemently anti-wasp in general, but I was once stung by one that built a nest over the door of a former apartment, and it was really unpleasant,[1] so I have a low tolerance for wasps in or near my living space.


[1] I'm not allergic, but it still hurt for more than a day and my forearm was swollen, tight, and stiff for about a day afterward. Not something I'd want to repeat.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I've never been bit, but I wouldn't chance it. Wasps can become quite defensive when you're too close to their nest, even if you're just standing there doing nothing really threatening. Yesterday, I discovered a wasp nest being built inside our garden shed. There was a little wasp working really hard on it, which made me feel a little guilty when we knocked it down. Still. There's a whole world out there to build a nest. The garden shed is not an option. Too close for comfort.

Pat said...

Matar los obispos, err avispas?

Cientos de avispas junto a la casa no es aguantable y cuando tienes uno, tienes cien muy pronto. El campo es el sitio propio por los bichos peligrosos.

Tere Ynadamás said...

... también yo he matado bichos :(
Aprovecho para felicitarlo por su blog ¡me gusta mucho!