More of the wasp nest {Macro Photography}

My last post was the beginning of a wasp’s nest discovery, and the kids and I did a little more dissecting and discovery this morning while the light was better.

Here’s what we found:

We froze the nest overnight to make sure that nothing began to degrade, since its nice and warm. (Seriously, we weren’t sure that Spring was ever going to arrive!)

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Carefully cutting the cap off the pupal cells revealed partially developed wasps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the pupae were nearly the same stage of development. We found one that had more pigment.

Most of the pupae were nearly the same stage of development. We found one that had more pigment.

 

Cutting into the papery cell further caused this pupa to fall out.

Cutting into the papery cell further caused this pupa to fall out.

 

The back view

The back view

 

More of the back. The water droplets are condensation from being in the freezer.

More of the back. The water droplets are condensation from being in the freezer.

 

This pupa must have just spun its cell closed. It wasn't very far along at all, and apparently was just past the larval stage.

This pupa must have just spun its cell closed. It wasn’t very far along at all, and apparently was just past the larval stage.

 

All three pupae together

All three pupae together

 

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The ends of the abdomens change, too!

The ends of the abdomens change, too!