The vase maker, book lover wasp.

A frantic go back and forth. It may take a female only one day to construct a cell, requiring dozens of trips carrying mud.

I like the bug that takes the opportunity of a consistently open window to patronize my library. Commonly known as the black and yellow mud dauber, this peaceful member of the Hymenoptera order, of the Sphecidae family of wasps, is a solitary individual that builds its nest with mud in the quiet darkness of the shelves.

The adult feeds itself with flower nectar, but the larvae are carnivorous. This is why an accidentally broken vase (books can be deadly) may produce its content of small insects, usually small spiders, reserved for the newborn lunch.

Mi piace questo insetto che, approfittando della finestra aperta, si mette a frequentare la mia biblioteca. Comunemente conosciuta come vasaia, questa vespa dell’ordine degli Imenotteri, famiglia delle Sfecide, è un essere solitario, raramente aggressivo, che costruisce il proprio nido d’argilla nella quiete ombrosa degli scaffali. L’adulto si nutre del nettare dei fiori, ma la larva è carnivora. Un vaso, accidentalmente frantumato (i libri possono essere mortali) rivela il proprio contenuto di piccoli ragni riservati ai pasti del nascituro.

 

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