Look! Look what I found bright and early Saturday morning? I was just heading out to meet Cindy and Asuka at The Doll Affair when I found what looked like a mud house just under the roof in the bedroom of The Rolla House.
That was a wasp nest by the way and what looked like mud was actually chewed wood that gave the nest what many thought was their distinctive papery walls. As far as I am concerned, a wasp nest feels like it is made with hardened mud mixed with dung. I should know as I destroy wasp nests at least once every few months. Apparently, a queen wasp will start to build a nest in the spring but then as workers hatch they take over the nest building. The wasp gathers wood fibers locally from weathered wood and then softens the wood fiber by chewing and mixing with saliva. The pulp is then used to make combs with cells for brood rearing.
A typical wasp nest will be 30cm across although they can be much larger. Sometimes big enough to hold thousands of wasps. Common sites for a wasp nest include under the roof eaves, in lofts or in sheds and out-buildings. Interesting that this particular wasp has decided to build his nest under the roof of dollhouse. I guess big or small, a roof is a roof and they are all the same to a wasp.Of course I have destroyed the nest. Have you ever been bitten by a wasp? Painful enough to make you cry, I have been bitten twice and it hurt for over a week.
One good thing this wasp nest did for me was to spur me to start work on the kitchen. I am almost done now...