Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

When Buck, Maggie and I took a walk late on this hot, humid afternoon, we saw strange bag-like webs full of leaves suspended from the branches of several trees near the stream bed.  Stopping for a closer look, we saw a large hornet pacing over the surface of one of the webs, looking for all the world like a kid with his nose pressed against the glass of a candy store.

Naturally, I didn’t have my camera. By the time I went back to the house to fetch it, the hornet had given up and gone away.

IMG_0833Gauzy scarves encircled the leaves.

IMG_0835 Looking closer, we saw thousands of tiny black dots.

IMG_0834 As our eyes focused, we began to see, small, white, bottle-brush looking worms moving around in the web.

Later this afternoon, I read that hornets sometimes find or make a small hole in the web, crawl in, lay some eggs and leave, providing the hatchlings with a ready source of food, right there within the web.

We build our bridges, our skyscrapers, our homes, and even bake pies. Are they any more miraculous than this?

0 thoughts on “Webworms

  1. DSK says:

    In Texas these guys would consume large portions of pecan trees. Especially during wet years. Seems like the web worms out there are more ravenous than the ones I see around here.
    In Austin people use long pointy sticks and poles to poke holes in the webs, hoping for wasps to take care of the worms. In my experience it doesn’t do much good against the onslaught, though.

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