January 20, 2013

Winter Wasp


Look what Rich and I found! We were sitting on the couch in the living room watching television when he spotted a creepy crawly creeping it's way toward us. Initially we didn't know what it was, because the room was dark but we took a closer look (I was already standing on the couch, so I took a look from afar) it was a wasp!

Er...
1. How did he come in?
2. Wasps out in the winter?
3. Better catch it before it starts flying!



As you can see from the photos, Rich caught him in a plastic cup. He was going to release it, but I stopped him because wasps aren't supposed to be out in the winter and he was going to die for sure out in the freezing cold. 

I convinced him to let me try and...save it by keeping it indoors in my cup (later a glass jar). My plan was to release him when it was warmer. So I did a little research so see what wasps eat, gave him some maple syrup which he was quite fond of and a couple hours later he was buzzing around! 

His name is Martha. 




I would change his food and wash his jar every other day, I kept him inside where it was warm and even put little sticks in the jar for him to climb around in. He looked happier than he would have been if we had released him. He'd fly around a little, eat, poop and mill around. What a little cutie!

Fast forward two weeks later- one night I checked up on him and found him at the bottom, looking quite lame. Uh-oh. The next morning I found him dead. I guess mother nature had her way and it just wasn't meant to be.

RIP, little Martha!

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