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Sep 7, 2020 10:47:29   #
jackm1943 Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
 
I found this on my back door late yesterday afternoon. It wasn't there in the morning. I took the photo at about 1:1 with my macro lens. The thing is about one centimeter in diameter and the hole is about two millimeters in diameter. It was about three feet from the bottom of the door. I've never seen anything like it and would love to know just what type of insect (assuming?) made it and/or is living in it.
I know there are many very knowledgeable Hoggers here and hopefully someone will know what it is.
Thanks in advance.


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Sep 7, 2020 10:51:38   #
foathog Loc: Greensboro, NC
 
It's a cockroach molotov cocktail. Looks like a dud. LOL

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Sep 7, 2020 10:54:36   #
Toment Loc: IL-FL
 
Wasps?

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Sep 7, 2020 11:04:03   #
amfoto1 Loc: San Jose, Calif. USA
 
Toment wrote:
Wasps?


Yeah, I was thinking "mud wasps" too.

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Sep 7, 2020 11:15:19   #
jackm1943 Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
 
amfoto1 wrote:
Yeah, I was thinking "mud wasps" too.


Would a wasp make one with that small an opening?

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Sep 7, 2020 11:18:07   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
Potter Wasp nest, I think. They are apparently nasty stingers. Search and you'll find lots of info.

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Sep 7, 2020 13:08:27   #
tinusbum Loc: east texas
 
quixdraw wrote:
Potter Wasp nest, I think.


me too

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Sep 7, 2020 13:09:11   #
jackm1943 Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
 
quixdraw wrote:
Potter Wasp nest, I think. They are apparently nasty stingers. Search and you'll find lots of info.


Thanks quixdraw, I'll do that.
JackM

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Sep 7, 2020 13:24:55   #
jackm1943 Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
 
quixdraw wrote:
Potter Wasp nest, I think. They are apparently nasty stingers. Search and you'll find lots of info.


Follow up: After Googling and watching a couple of videos, I think you nailed it quixdraw. As of a few minutes ago the hole is still open so she probably has not inserted a larva yet, or possible has abandoned the nest. I'm going to watch it a few days and see if it gets closed off.
JackM

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Sep 7, 2020 14:02:02   #
JRiepe Loc: Southern Illinois
 
Jack, three years ago I saw something like that but there was no opening. Out of curiosity I busted it open to see what was inside. I'm posting the images here simply because I believe you are also curious.


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Sep 7, 2020 15:24:45   #
jackm1943 Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
 
JRiepe wrote:
Jack, three years ago I saw something like that but there was no opening. Out of curiosity I busted it open to see what was inside. I'm posting the images here simply because I believe you are also curious.


Very interesting JRiepe. From what I Googled today, the wasp closes off the opening once she has laid her egg and inserted a paralyzed larva or caterpillar for the baby wasp to feed on. The baby wasp then breaks out of the nest when large enough. Yours looks like baby was getting pretty large. Yikes, good to not be an insect.
JackM

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Sep 7, 2020 23:04:54   #
Mark Sturtevant Loc: Grand Blanc, MI
 
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Sep 8, 2020 07:47:21   #
JRiepe Loc: Southern Illinois
 
jackm1943 wrote:
Very interesting JRiepe. From what I Googled today, the wasp closes off the opening once she has laid her egg and inserted a paralyzed larva or caterpillar for the baby wasp to feed on. The baby wasp then breaks out of the nest when large enough. Yours looks like baby was getting pretty large. Yikes, good to not be an insect.
JackM


Very interesting that this wasp lays only one egg.

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Sep 8, 2020 10:02:43   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
Very interesting find.

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Sep 8, 2020 11:33:07   #
jackm1943 Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
 
sippyjug104 wrote:
Very interesting find.

Thanks for looking in sippyjug. As of now (Tues AM) the hole is not plugged. Maybe the momma wasp has abandoned the nest?

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