There's nothing like the smell of fresh air filling your home after it's been closed up for while. I'm the kind of person who will take open windows over air conditioning any day of the week. Sometimes, however, an open window is an invitation for not-so-fun creatures to take over your house.
That's a lesson Redditor theyork2000 learned the hard way.
After opening his window, theyork2000 heard a buzzing noise coming from behind the curtains. That's when he decided to investigate. Here's what he found.
What is that?!
When he pulled back the drapes, he found an active wasp's nest. If you look closely, you can actually see the wasp in there. But things got way freakier when the bug flew back out the window.
Inside the wasp's nest were tons of spiders, some of which were still alive.
After consulting with Reddit, it was concluded that the wasp that moved into theyork2000's home was a fairly harmless mud dauber wasp.
These wasps build tunnels out of mud and lay their eggs in them. They then hunt spiders and paralyze them. After that, the mud dauber takes a spider's body and puts it in the tunnel. After hatching, the young mud dauber eats through the spider's body on its way out. Fortunately, these bugs rarely sting humans.
But in the time that it took Reddit to work that out, theyork2000 killed it. Rest easy, little wasp.
I'm filled with a strange mix of horror and pity for that poor wasp. On the one hand, it's an amazing specimen, and on the other, it's incredibly creepy.