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A new queendom begins The days have warmed and insect activity is on the increase. Yesterday, I found and enjoyed watching a beautiful paper wasp beginning her nest on the underside of a yucca leaf. The central petiole which the nest will be suspended from can be seen near her mouth. This consists of chewed plant material such as wood, mixed with her saliva. <br />
This female will become the queen if the colony can be established. <br />
Polistes genus, possibly humilis or variabilis sp. <br />
20 mm body length<br />
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A new queendom begins

The days have warmed and insect activity is on the increase. Yesterday, I found and enjoyed watching a beautiful paper wasp beginning her nest on the underside of a yucca leaf. The central petiole which the nest will be suspended from can be seen near her mouth. This consists of chewed plant material such as wood, mixed with her saliva.
This female will become the queen if the colony can be established.
Polistes genus, possibly humilis or variabilis sp.
20 mm body length

    comments (2)

  1. The days are getting colder and shorter here, so it's Aussie time! I'll be following your spring and summer ;) Posted 11 days ago
  2. Beautiful, and such an interesting process to witness. Posted 11 days ago

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The common paper wasp, Polistes humilis, is a species of Vespidae that occurs throughout Australia.

Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Sep 13, 2018. Captured Sep 12, 2018 13:47 in Myamblah Crescent Reserve, Myamblah Cres, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/10.0
  • 1/99s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm