A Little House Guest

04 Mar

This little fellow flew into our home today.

Isn’t he absolutely exquisite?!

Of course, he could be a she.

How does one tell the difference?

Regardless, we just loved this little critter.

After a bit of googling, we discovered that he’s most likely a cuckoo wasp.

(Here’s some info about him if you are interested).

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The species is a bit of a bully in the insect world.

They lay their eggs in the nests of other insects

so their larvae can feed on the resident larvae.

They usually target hornet nests,

and we aren’t fans of hornets, so we are definitely on Team Cuckoo!

We gave him a little piece of apricot while we took some photos

(which was pretty generous as those apricots cost us $12.90 a kilo!!).

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We could have gazed at his iridescent colouring all day long,

but, we eventually released our little visitor to the outside world.

It just amazes me that even the tiniest creatures are created with such attention to detail.

His little visit reminded us that we need to notice beauty in our world,

even when it’s found in such tiny forms.



1 Comment

Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Science


One response to “A Little House Guest

  1. Petra

    March 7, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Will the boys dissect it?! For science reasons of course!


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