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    I took this picture of a lump of mud about 3m up in a tree in the Kafue National Park. Guess what it is:
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    Hmmmmmm.........Birds or insects?

    I reckon insects, so some type of ant, bee, wasp or termite nest. I've not seen termites up there before........bees use wax......so how about a wasp nest?

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    I also think it is a wasp's nest but if you tell me where it is I might just be able to see it for myself in three weeks time - assuming I can get there as I have just seen your note on the fuel situation!!!

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    Default Its on top

    I think the answer lies higher up!

    Something is dripping/dropping down to form this.
    Maybe a bird/eagle nest out of view??

    Close?.....or way off.

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    Aahhh, that's where I left it!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skalla View Post
    I think the answer lies higher up!

    Something is dripping/dropping down to form this.
    Maybe a bird/eagle nest out of view??

    Close?.....or way off.
    It certainly looks like dripping from the top........but no there is nothing higher up in the tree.

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    Its a tree ant nest. Just think about the "logistical nightmare" to get the mud so high up in the tree.

    I have not seen this in any other parts of Zambia except in the Kafue NP. Would be interesting to know if someone spots another nest outside of the KNP.

    This particular one is on the road to McBrides about 1.5km from the camp.

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    I wasn't a million miles off track then! I'll have a look-out for this particular one in a couple of months time...........and see if I can spot any outside Kafue.

    Boy, are my passengers going to think I'm smart when I tell them that "this is an area where you should be looking out for tree ants' nests"...........and then a few minutes later point this one out!

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    Mike, you were basicly spot-on.
    As long as they dont think you have lost it in totality.......like my family does!

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    On the contrary, it is important that your family thinks you have lost the plot...........that way they humour you ("yes, yes.....of course we'd prefer to go camping in the bush in Africa than have a fortnight in the Dordogne"), and forgive you when you want to sit at the waterhole for another couple of hours. Most importantly of all, when you spend the entire weekend in the workshop they don't any more say things like "wouldn't you rather come shopping with us?"........or....."most men would be pleased to blah blah blah with their family".

    Eccentricity really does have its uses!

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    In Natal they have "Cocktail ants" (google it) that make similar structures in trees about the size of a big soccer ball out of mud, but i dont know if they occur in the Kafue.

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    Hi,

    I saw a simmilar thing on a footpath along to the Chisimba falls (the one to the most northern fall) near Kasama. Also higher up in the trees.
    had no idea what it was, now I know. thanks.

    I you wish me to post a photo of it, someone will have to tell me how to do it.

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    I have after seeing this one noticed quiet a number of these ant nest all over Zambia!

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    I remember seeing many of these on picnic and camping trips in the Copperbelt area in the 1950s and 1960s

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