In addition to the butterflies and caterpillars, Butterflies of Cape Cod is filled with beautiful plants and flowers
OK this freaky looking thing is a mud dauber wasp, or at least 2-3 of them stuck together. I saw it in the parking lot when I left and at first glance, I thought it was a dying butterfly that had escaped and had ragged wings. I was really freaked out when I bent down to have a closer look. I sent the picture to an entomologist/research scientist and asked what kind of mutant wasp this was. He wrote back right away to say it was at least 2 mud dauber wasps, but he could not tell what they were doing because very little is known about them. He said that it's possible that this was a mating thing, since they hatch in summer, or perhaps their nest had recently been hit with pesticide, causing them to lethargically stick together. Either way I hope I never see this again. I've dubbed it Waspzilla.