Every once in awhile a student brings in something and I have no idea what it is. This was one of those times. The young man’s older brother informed me that it was a stalk of millet. I had to ask them if they grew millet-- like maybe in their garden or something. The older brother informed me that a seed had fallen from their bird feeder, and it just grew.
And this is a mud dauber apartment. It’s probably the most complex one I have ever seen. It looks like a duplex. I also found out that mud daubers are also called “dirt dobbers”, “dirt diggers”, and “mud wasps”.