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Paper wasp nest

Paper wasp nest with wasp (probably the queen)

We were sitting outside having lunch today when I noticed a small wasp flying up underneath a hollow block at the front of the barbecue.

I picked up the block and looked inside the hollow. Sure enough, there was a grey, papery, honeycomb-style nest with a couple of wasps crawling over it.

Paper wasps are smaller, more focussed and much less agressive than larger wasps, although if cornered they do sting.

I think it says it all, though, that I was able to turn the block upside down and take photos of it while the queen clung to the cells and none of her workers gave me any grief at all.

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