Well, spring has definitely sprung here in the low desert, with numerous bees, wasps, and spiders now active.
One of the more conspicuous visitors to the yard is the Paper Wasp. In fact, they've enjoyed my yard so much one decided to take up residence in the frame of my front door!
The photo shows a wasp tending to a newly built nest. The nest looks a bit like paper (thus the wasp's common name). If you enlarge the photo you will see small white eggs in each of the chambers of the nest.
Paper wasps are known for building there nests on man-made structures, often in conspicuous locations. Why? I have no idea but I'm certain some scientist somewhere has given this thought. It certainly doesn't seem like a good survival strategy to build where people will see you! Any theories from anyone?