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I found this in the barn behind our house. I believe the wasps that were on it back in summer were Red Wasps. I'm glad it wasn't populated now! I've been stung by the wasps that inhabit these nests too many times. Here's some info I found on these:

Paper wasps are semi-social insects and colonies contain three castes: workers, queens and males. Nests commonly occur around the home underneath eaves, in or on structures and plants. Mouthparts are for chewing. Nests are built from wood fiber collected from posts and occasionally from live plant stems, causing some plant damage. This fiber is chewed and formed into a single paper-like comb of hexagonal cells. Nests are oriented downward and are suspended by a single filament. Mature nests contain up to 200 cells. Wasps attack when the nest is disturbed and each can sting repeatedly; stings typically cause localized pain and swelling, but in sensitive individuals or when many stings occur (as with most arthropod stings) whole body (systemic) effects can occur including allergic reactions that may result in death.

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  • Copyright: sm wa (swallace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 45 N: 133] (980)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2004-01-30
  • Categories: Natura
  • Camera: Olympus C-750UZ
  • Esposizione: f/4.5, 1/100 secondi
  • Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2004-01-31 11:07
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