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Rope-like Wasp Nest

Ropalidia sp.

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

1) http://lazy-lizard-tales.blogspot.in/201... 2) https://www.possumman.com.au/paper-wasps... " 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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16 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 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
EmilieChich 3 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
SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

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

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 3 years ago

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

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 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
DanielePralong 3 years ago

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

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

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

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

How interesting. Thanks Sukanya.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Thanks for the nomination.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Thank you, Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Strange thing. Good spotting Sukanya.

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 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
SukanyaDatta 3 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 3 years ago

Here's the only other one on PN http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/206...

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

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

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Very interesting nest!

SukanyaDatta
Spotted by
SukanyaDatta

Goa, India

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

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