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Why, WHY do wasps like my house so much? You can go outside at any given time and find one or more mud-daubers’ nests in progress, either right on the bricks or along the windows. What is this? Is there a sign on my house, written in Waspish, that says “Sceliphron caementarium welcome here”?
I just knocked down an enormous, multi-celled nest yesterday on the back porch. As I was doing so, several larvae fell out and some insect-like things I took to be dead wasps. That’s funny, I thought. So they build a nest and climb into it and die? Fortunately for me I did not discover until more than 24 hours later that, no, those were not mama mud-daubers. They were spiders. S.P.I.D.E.R.S. Apparently the wasps paralyze spiders and then stuff them into the nursery for junior to feed upon at a later date.
God, I love nature. [/shudder]
By the way, that’s the kind of decorating tip I’d really like to see on Martha Stewart’s new show. Your baby could be the only kid in town with a room packed with arachnids. Just think what a conversation starter! Of course, most of the conversations would consist of, “AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!” and a lot of running and shrieking, but that’s the price you pay for being avant garde.

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About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

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