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Monday, April 10, 2006

Window ledge morgue

So I was cleaning the mini blinds yesterday, and couldn't escape the bugs. The top valance thingy had about 20 tiny beetle carcasses in it, sucked dry by my friendly crack spider. On the top of the bottom sash were many who went toward the light; but never made it through the glass to the great and free outdoors. Among them, this crane fly and polistes wasp.

4 comments:

Manny Festo said...

Where's the wasp? I see a crane fly and what looks to me like another type of fly.

vanessa cardui said...

To the right of the crane fly is one of our common golden polistes wasps, left over from late last summer when they always come inside looking for ?. Also, towards the left edge is a honeybee, giving a better idea of the relative size of the wasp.

Manny Festo said...

In the smaller version of the photo, the wasp looks a lot like a deer fly or something; it's hard to see it very well. But I'll take your word for it. I don't live in California and I don't suppose I've ever seen a golden polistes wasp.

vanessa cardui said...

And this wasp is muerto, so not in possession of its full complement of waspishness that makes ID-ing easier.