Ropalidia revolutionalis

Ropalidia revolutionalis

Image of Paper Wasp nests

(Paper wasp)

FAMILY

Vespidae

Species

Ropalidia revolutionalis

Common name

Paper wasp

Main colour

Reddish-brown

Size

6-8 mm long

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

These wasps attach their nests to buildings particularly under eaves, as well as to the underside of branches. They usually appear as vertical strips 2 cells wide, length varies; individual combs are in rows. These nests are formed from saliva mixed with chewed weathered wood to form a cardboard-like material. Different species produce different nest designs. These wasps will vigorously defend their nests when disturbed. They sting!