Nest Openings

The above photograph is that of a Potter wasp nest with many cells and the multiple openings indicate that the pupae got transformed into wasps and entered the beautiful external world, to continue their life journey, not knowing that life is not at all beautiful and full of dangers!!

The remaining cells are yet to break open the shell.

Are wasps dangerous to humans?

Wasps can be dangerous and deadly.

Unfortunately, this is a generalisation. The truth is 99% of wasps don’t care what you are up to unless they are threatened.

And sadly they are being killed, because of their unpopularity.

And the indiscriminate killing of wildlife is going to invite ‘ecological apocalypse’.

“A king who feared wasps once decreed that they were abolished. As it happened, they did him no harm. But he was eventually stung to death by scorpions.”  Idries Shah

Why we should not kill wasps?

Not just wasps, there is no need to kill any creatures, by being ignorant of the implications.

This world doesn’t belong to just human beings.

My friend, Wasps form, what is known as ‘ecosystem services’

✔Like most other insects, what wasps do is help humans in pest control.

Without wasps, the world will be filled with flies, harmful caterpillars & dangerous spiders.

✔Wasps are good at pollination just like bees.

So please start loving the wasps and don’t get scared.

In the photo below, you can see the mother wasp checking her home carefully for any intruder and some cells are showing openings and the young wasps are readying to come out.

In the Macro photo above, you can see many young wasps peeping and trying to come out of the cell openings.

Wasp life cycle 

✔The wasp goes complete metamorphosis from an egg, larva, pupa to a full-grown wasp in the cell of the nest.

✔Queen lays her eggs in a wax cell

✔Worker wasp feeds the hatched larva by bringing caterpillars and pushing them through the openings.

✔Once the larva grows fully, the worker wasp seals the cell.

✔The fully grown larva becomes a pupa and over the time gets transformed into a wasp and breaks open the cell.

Take home message

‘If all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on earth would disappear. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish” Jonas Salk, Virologist

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

Image by © PTP-2021 All Rights Reserved

This post is part of Ragtag Community’s Daily Prompt Photo challenge- OPENING

  1 comment for “Opening

  1. June 28, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Those macro shots are pretty amazing. Very lovely captures 🙂


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