While cleaning and winterizing the barn recently, we discovered that we had some aspiring musicians living in the tack room.
These photos are of wasps nests that were built on our window frame. This artwork is done by a specific type of wasp known as the organ pipe mud dauber. They are fairly large wasps, but are a very docile species. They are good to have around because they help to keep the spider population under control. The male wasp stays at the nest and stands guard to protect against preditors that might steal their nest materials or prey and the female goes about collecting spiders.
We’re usually pretty diligent about cleaning out the wasp nests, but it’s hard to get rid of these little treasures.