(Photo by Alexander Wild. That is not a twig, by the way.)
Did you know that some paper wasps make vertical nests? Neither did I, until I stumbled across a post at Scientific American titled “My longest blog post ever.” Curious, I clicked to see what that was about, and found a life size photo of a Mischocyttarus sp. paper wasp nest. Take my word for it, you really want to click that link and go see for yourself. You’ll have to scroll for a bit to see it all.
It does give one pause when fantasizing about hiking in the Brazilian rainforest. Blundering through spider webs is one thing, but smacking into one of these…yikes.
From a safe distance, though, this is seriously cool.