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Making a roll IMG_6695b

A wasp (probably a queen?) scraping the surface off a bamboo cane in the garden. She will use the fibres for pulp in constructing the wasp nest.

 

Now she is getting near the end of the cane, rolling up the fibres like a carpet.

 

Taken with MP-E 65mm lens at 1.25X approx. in natural light, hand held.

rockwolf! suggests Norwegian Wasp (thanks!) Dolichovespula norvegica; we also wonder if it could be Red Wasp Vespa rufa... We'll try to capture more images!

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Taken on April 19, 2012