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Paper wasp (<em>Polistes fuscatus</em>)
01-MAY-2006 Christine Hanrahan

Paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus)

This wasp is scraping bits of wood off the post to convert to "paper" for nest-building. A time consuming and laborious effort.

Canon PowerShot A85
1/1000s f/3.2 at 5.4mm full exif

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reflectionsofnature10-Aug-2011 21:21
The wooden ends of my hammock attract paper wasps like this and I think it is neat because, for years, I have been lounging around reading books or daydreaming with paper wasps inches from my head, close enough that I can hear them scraping away at the wood, and not once have the wasps bothered me. It is as if we have a mutual understanding.
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