Two Tiny Jugs

Two tiny jugs made of mud, side-by-side on a Magnolia grandiflora leaf.


Were they made by fairy potter?

Do they contain tiny scrolls from an ancient fairy kingdom?

No.  They are made by a remarkable wasp, a Potter wasp/Eumenes species.

Mama Potter carries the mud in her mouth

and shapes the jug with her mouth parts and long skinny abdomen.

She leaves to top open to deposit a paralyzed caterpillar and an egg.  Then seals it shut.

Her baby wasp nestles inside its jug and eat its snack.

When it is big enough, it eats a hole in the side of its jug and emerges.


What a good mama!


Kangaroo Paw has Claws

This is the Anigozanthos ‘Bush Ranger’ that I brought home from California.

Its common name is Kangaroo paws.


Yesterday, I noticed that some of the “toes” on the paws had opened.

There were little blooms with five yellow stamens in a row, looking like claws.


I am so glad that the”Cutest Plant in California” is now thriving in Carolina.