Saturday, March 2, 2013

Olivia's Paper Wasp Nest

Olivia brought a paper wasp nest to show us.  The wasp collects fibres, which it chews and mixes with saliva.  This makes the fibre extremely soft and moist.  After a period of chewing, the wasp adds the paste to the nest structure and spreads it out with her mandibles and legs.  After it thoroughly dries; a type of tough, durable paper is formed.

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