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A South American Mischocyttarus paper wasp hangs out on its characteristically long nest. The nest is made of chewed, processed plant fibers, similar to those of our temperate paper wasps but taking a much more unusual form. How long is the nest? Warm up your scrolling muscles! Here is a life-size photograph:

photo details:
Canon EF 17-40mm f4L wide angle zoom lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 400, f/8, 1/100 sec
Diffuse external strobe

Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is an Illinois-based entomologist who studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books, and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

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  1. 1. Sean McCann 4:22 pm 05/9/2013

    That is a long post! I have never attempted one of these types of shots before, although this species or something very similar is common in French Guianan forests. .

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  2. 2. Alex Wild in reply to Alex Wild 4:36 pm 05/9/2013

    The next time I see these, I might try to stitch together a panorama of several photos. That’d be the proper way to do this kind of long shot.

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  3. 3. TheHymenopteran 8:54 pm 05/9/2013

    Good to see wasp posts on here and Myrmecos recently. Keep posting stuff about wasps :)

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