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POLISTES SP .Paper wasps.


By Pitta

POLISTES SP .Paper wasps. (Polistes sp. paper wasp nest.)

In Australia we have 35 species of wasps . The paper wasp build on trees and buildings making hexagonal cells to hold the larvae .The nests are made from saliva and wood fragments ,when dry are quite papery. They place a stung caterpillar in the cells to feed the developing maggot like larvae.Adults live on nectar.They have a painful sting and will attack enmasse if they feel under threat.

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Wow there's a few there is'nt there.

20 Nov, 2009


And the moral of the story is .... don't threaten wasps !! They must have to collect a hell of a lot of caterpillars to feed their young Pitta ? Fantastic picture ! :~)

20 Nov, 2009


Yes Sue . Wen you are in a rainforest I suppose there would be thousands of caterpillars around, The wasps are welcome to the caterpillars that stip leaves from my plants.We have lots of nests high up and we ignore them but if they are from ground level to 8 ft they have to go , we get a long bamboo pole wrapped with cloth , light it and burn the whole nest after dark when all the wasps are enjoying their after dinner mints.

21 Nov, 2009


Lol ! :~))

21 Nov, 2009


Just imagining the wasps tucking into their "aftr 8's" did they pass round the port
Lovely pic....thanks Pitta:)

23 Nov, 2009


Of Course PORT.

23 Nov, 2009

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