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Some kind of insect nest?

Observed: 1st May 2011 By: moongirl01moongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebratesmoongirl01’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Please could someone tell me what this is? The texture appeared to be papery so I thought maybe it's some kind of insect nest? It was about 5 cm and was found inside my mum's compost bin. She has removed the plastic lid and replaced it with an old mat because there are blackbirds nesting nearby so it's less noisy for them (and quicker when she needs to use the compost bin). Anyway, this object was actually found attached to the underside of the makeshift mat lid.

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    Wasp's nest
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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davidcaron62's picture

Wasps nest

Its looks like a wasps nest to me. I tend to get a few of these each year in ther garden shed. They are always only half finished possible due to the wasps being distrubed

moongirl01's picture

I thought of that as a

I thought of that as a possibility but it's much too small to be a social wasps' nest at only around 5 centimetres. Is it likely that the nest has only recently been started and it will increase in size or are there any solitary species which make nests such as these? I thought that solitary wasps made nests out of clay or mud but this looked very papery.

Finally, do you think it will be safe for my mum to keep using the compost bin if it's a wasps' nest or should she find an alternative place for her peelings? As I mentioned, the nest is on the underside of the mat which she's using as a lid!!

Syrphus's picture

It is a social wasp, and the

It is a social wasp, and the nests start small and grow as the colony develops (to ~1m diameter). Polistes has a paper nest as well, but it is open below displaying the cells.

On safety, I would suggest moving the nest (with care, in case the queen is at home) before the workers get going. Either that, or get another bin for the summer. Disturbing an active wasp nest is not a good idea.

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moongirl01's picture

Thanks for the advice,

Thanks for the advice, Syrphus. I haven't seen nests at such an early stage before. It would make sense that it's a new nest because my mum puts peelings in the bin fairly frequently and hadn't noticed it there before.

She's going to get a new bin for the summer and leave the nest where it is!

anonymous spotter's picture

If you look -

at my post
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/137813
You'll see a wasp (so far unidentified) collecting the raw material for one of these.