September 25, 2014

Papper mache

Well, not quite.
Actually it is a piece of a wasps nest made by bald faced wasps.

They build a football-shaped paper nest and it is one of the largest of wasp nests. It can be up to 14 inches (35 cm) in diameter and 23 inches (60 cm) in length.
They chew up wood, which mixes with a starch in their saliva. They then spread it around with their mandibles and legs, and it dries into a papery structure.

Dolichovespula maculata

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