My office is a good place to see praying mantises, grasshoppers, dragonflies , frogs , butterflies etc. I work from home most of the time . I spend sometime in the small garden in front of the office each time I go there. I was in a meeting with the manager when I observed this wasp moving in and out of the door frame.
To my surprise it was building a nest which had quite a few caterpillars inside . These caterpillars are paralyzed and a single egg is laid on it. Once the larva of the wasp comes out it feeds on these caterpillars and grows into an adult and then comes out of the nest.
The wasp leaving the slot to get more clay.It was indeed a delight to watch this wasp going in and out of the slot to bring clay and caterpillars.
The pot is closed after it lays the egg.
I tried to dissuade it because the nest was any way going to be crushed once the office was locked . But this wasp was persistent and tried to attack me .So I had to give up ,to my dismay it started building a second nest over the first on as seen in the picture.
A sad end for this wasp which worked untiringly to build this nest. Though we were watching this happen, we could not do anything to save the nests.
Our Manager says that she has discovered a way to make my office visits more frequent. She would keep a watch for the wild happenings in the office and keep me informed . I am happy I have company to watch wild happenings at my work place.
The next day I visited to check the debris of the nest. I was amazed to see that the nests were crushed but the caterpillars were missing. I checked thoroughly for the caterpillars and on interrogating the cleaning staff I found that this wasp had been visiting the nest this morning.Probably the caterpillars have been shifted by the smart wasp to a different nest.
Smart Wasp !