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At the end of the summer I earned my only two yellow jacket stings. I was using a shovel to lift a rock and then dig out a subterranean nest. I was entirely covered except for one hand--I got stung on the thumb and forefinger. Once I exposed the nest I soaked it with an aerosol insecticide. The nest was broken into dozens of little chunks of wasp-made paper on the heap of soil dug out and deposited onto my lawn. I left it as it was for a couple weeks. One rainy day I went back into that corner of the yard and discovered this: A fast growing fungus had colonized the paper nest pieces and thrown out beautiful fur-like sporangia. Water droplets clung to the mold spikes like glittering jewels.

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froganon
Oct. 8th, 2015 01:05 am (UTC)

Little comfort for your stings I guess, but the pix are beautiful!
urbpan
Oct. 12th, 2015 10:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, I think it was worth it!
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