Crawfish chimneys

At this time of the year, farm fields and roadside ditches across West Tennessee are dotted with small mud chimneys which are laboriously created by crayfish.

As they burrow out their tunnels, they dig up mud, make it into balls, take the balls to the surface and set them in place — layer by layer.  It is interesting to observe the different architectural structures they create.

“Create your own visual style … let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”  ~Orson Welles

7 thoughts on “Crawfish chimneys

    • Several years ago, my daughter kept some in our house for a school project for a short time. I never have liked the smell of them ever since. Your bears can have them. 🙂

    • Some sources I have read say the female burrows when it is time to release her eggs. I understand that there is only one crawfish per burrow. They dig out the mud to get to the water beneath the water table and only come out on rainy or humid nights to find food or look for mates. I was very surprised to find this one out in the open in the day light.

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