Sunday, November 7, 2010

Adobe steeple

Whenever we get good soaking rains, we see little mud domes pop up along the ditches and in some areas of the pond's edge.  They're created by crawfish (aka crayfish, crawdads, mudbugs). 

Usually, they look like this - little piles of mud that often have a round hole in the top.

Here's a pile of mud balls (apparently their construction was interrupted before they could assemble them into their normal teepee structure).






And then, there's this one.  Built by overachievers, certainly. 

17 comments:

Nancy said...

I had no idea crawdads did that. I remember when I lived in Wichita Falls, our neighbors had a crawdad bake. They had a big kiddy pool filled with them in their garage. Pretty wierd thing for an 8 year old who had never seen one of those creatures before. I learned something new today. Thank you! :)

Melodie said...

Give a kid a piece of bacon on a string and they will entertain themselves for hours,sometimes all day, trying to catch crawdads!

texwisgirl said...

Melodie, you made me laugh! There is nothing better than growing up as a country kid! :)

Deb said...

love the last one must be a high rise

wayside wanderer said...

Very interesting. I am sure we have them around here I just need to keep my eyes peeled.

Verde Farm said...

Wow--they are quite the architects. I had no idea they built things like this. Very neat.
Amy

Dawn said...

Hahhhahhhaaa.
LOVE the over-achiever:)))))

Farm Girl said...

So glad you posted those pictures! I had forgotten that they do that. When I saw your pictures I remembered that is what you look for when you go crawdad hunting. We would hunt them and bring them home. My brother had stock tanks and he was going to raise them for bait. Only we all got so attached I don't think he ever did.I think he took them back to were we got them in the first place. Thanks for giving me a nudge in my memory.

Canyon Girl said...

What an interesting post. It made me wonder if the Swedish crawfish do that as well.

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Well, even from the south, I did not know that! Interesting! No big bad wolf is going to blow the doors in on that last one, huh? lol

AJ said...

Well that looks like a real piece of art.
Great shots!

Angela said...

I haven't noticed those around here in a long time. Yours are very talented builders! hehehe

Have a Great Day!
Angela

Farmchick said...

I love that last picture. I have never seen one "built" so high!

Nature ID (Katie) said...

I love this post for the memories, too. As little kids during the summer, my brothers and I would go crawdad hunting (it seems like a hick term, but that's what we called them). There was a trick in how to handle them so they didn't pinch you. We'd stage crawdad fights and once even boiled a huge, muddy batch, much to my mother's consternation in her spotless kitchen.

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Oh shoot! Just noticed your label on this post. I'm so anal (forgive me)... crawdads are not reptiles. They're arthropods, more closely related to crabs, insects, and spiders.

texwisgirl said...

I think I struggled with that one as to which way to label it. I'll switch it to insects since I don't have too many categories set up! Thanks, Katie! (And I don't mind your analness!)

Lesa said...

I remember kicking those things when I was a kid! That and irritating the doodle bugs/ant lions by pushing a tiny grain of dirt into their little traps. Guess the crawdads and doodle bugs are glad I'm in Virginia now. :)

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