May 16, 2012

Paper wasps outside my window

Warning: If closeup of insects give you the heebie-jeebies, look away now.

Taking and editing these photos was a mix of fascination and disgust - I wanted a closer look the same time my skin was crawling. (although, that doesn't apply to blue wasps because I like anything blue in colour)

These wasps are nesting outside my window. That's the only reason I got this close to them - there was a glass pane between them and me.

Polistes paper wasp yellow sydney

Thanks to google, I found they are called paper wasps, due to the paper-like nests they build. Apparently, they are quite common in Australia, and many people get bitten when they inadvertently disturb a nest. According to accounts I've read, that is something you really want to avoid.

Polistes paper wasp yellow sydney

This nest is built in a clever location, largely protected from the rain. I read they don't like water - and can imagine water and paper don't mix.
Check out its face.

Polistes paper wasp yellow sydney

This one noticed the big black thing 6 inches away from him.

Polistes paper wasp yellow sydney

It threatened my lens by repeatedly flaring its wings everytime I approached.

Polistes paper wasp yellow sydney

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