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Rope-like Wasp Nest

Ropalidia sp.


Rope-like nest. The first time I have seen one like this. And there were Ropalidia wasps all over the place...building proper nests; the kinds we usually see. The dangling nest is unusual I think. I initially mistook it for a decaying bit of coconut fibre rope but thanks to the zoom I soon realized it was architecture by insect architects. How I wish my camera zoom was more powerful.


Dangling way up from the side wall of an auditorium. The outside opens to an area with lots of trees and beyond that is Dona Paula beach, Goa.


1) 2) " Ropalidia revolutionalis builds very distinctive nests, hanging like thick string, that are frequently found on garden shrubs or fences but can also be attached to many places around a house. Each comb or ‘ribbon’ of the paper nest consists of a hanging vertical strip that is generally two cells wide. "

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SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Thank you for the time you have taken to check out the species for me. I will leave it at genus level for now. Thanks, once again. Happy 2018.

EmilieChich 4 years ago

I don't think so, Sukanya. On the only photo I have of R.fasciata, it is dark brown with a narrow yellow band across the abdomen. Yours looks more like R.brevita, but I don't know what kind of nest this species builds. I could not find much information on the Internet. Sorry that I cannot be of more help.

SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Thanks @ EmilieChich...
I have a photo of the wasp (last photo) is it Ropalidia fasciata?

EmilieChich 4 years ago

Ropalidia fasciata builds nests like that.
Maybe other species do the same thing, too.

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Thanks Daniele, since for me, this linear structure was a revelation it was reward enough. I never knew wasp nests could dangle like this. The SOTW chosen is actually picture perfect. I would have voted for it too. My congratulations.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Fascinating structure and great series Sukanya! It came a close second in this week's vote.

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

@Leuba, glad you liked the spotting. I had not known about this earlier...readup a little now.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

How interesting. Thanks Sukanya.

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Thanks for the nomination.

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Thank you, Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Strange thing. Good spotting Sukanya.

AshleyT 5 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Thank you, Ava T-B. I think this is the second or third time my spotting is the second on PN. I do have a first though...a bird from Andamans and I was so chuffed when it was pointed out to me...considering how many thousands of species are posted daily. Thanks.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

Here's the only other one on PN

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Thank you Christine Y. I had never seen rope-like nest before.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 5 years ago

Very interesting nest!

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Goa, India

Spotted on Nov 9, 2017
Submitted on Nov 15, 2017

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