Monday, July 14, 2008

Wasp Hollow

This perfectly round hole on the bamboo stem is the
work of wasps. They're black with some bright yellow
on the lower part of the abdomen. I was stung once
but the pain wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. In
the winters, I like to have a fire in the backyard.
A lot of rubbish from dead branches and spiky leaves
are burnt.
It was during one such occasion that a hibernating
wasp emerged from a smouldering fire, with a drone,
and too dazed with the heat, the sleep, and the smoke-
it didn't take long to die. Since then, I've been
careful with bamboo, bearing the handiwork of wasps.
I use a lot of dead bamboo for my cheery backyard
fire but now these ones are used as support for my
plants or for the clothes-line!


Titania said...

Kanak we have a similar one, a bumblebee called the carpenter bee, because it makes holes in old trees. I was never stung, so they chase me away if I come to close to look.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Learning more about bees/wasps/hornets now (busy googling). Thanks for dropping by, Trudi.