Saturday, 26 July 2008

Pulp fact

This worker wasp, which, from the facial markings, I suspect to be a German Wasp (Vespula germanica) today repeatedly returned to chew dead wood from the posts that hold the handrails of the bridge that leads onto Biggleswade Common from The Lodge. The wood fibres are chewed with saliva to produce a pulp which dries to form the durable paper nests. (I expect some humans think we invented paper...)

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