Paper Wasps
Paper wasps build nests in a protected area. Good examples are under eves of buildings, inside of propane tank lids, or below large branches of trees. Accidentally finding the nest can ruin an afternoon. The nests can contain a large number of cells, often over 100 by the end of summer. Looking at them closely it will be seen they are held by only a small strand of nest material, almost like a thick thread. Big nest, little strand! Why? It is probably easier to protect the nest from parasites that have to crawl to get to the nest. Some species of wasps also coat the strand with a substance that repels ants.
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