Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Friday, 10 June 2011

What is it?




A few months ago I had a new shed built as a ward for my hedgehogs. It is dry and cosy and today I suddenly spotted a couple of very strange things growing from the roof. I detached one and am putting photos on here to see if anyone knows what they are. I thought they were a fungus, and they probably are but they are not fleshy like a toadstool. They are extremely delicate in structure yet quite strong. They hung down so I have done a couple of angles and they are so fine I can see through the sides. I have some very pretty tissue table napkins that have a similar feel and look about them if that helps.

3 comments:

  1. I think these are some kind of wasp nest...

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  2. One of my volunteers this morning said they had found a tiny wasp nest in their shed at the weekend but theirs is still closed. Mine looks as if something has hatched. I think you are right, I will do some research.

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  3. http://www.localhoney.co.uk/about-bees/wasps/

    I think this is it. They say it is the size of a golf ball but mine wasn't as big as that and I can't work out how the eggs stay in and the queen was certainly not there. Maybe she started to build and changed her mind (thank Goodness!)

    Thank you Lou for putting me on th right track

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