Friday Night Flicks: The Bald-faced Hornet

I commented to David the other day that it is wasp season, and it most definitely is!

Today’s flick is a little time lapse video about one of nature’s great paper makers, the bald-faced hornet. It isn’t really a hornet, it’s a member of the same genus as yellow-jacket wasps. It builds amazing structures. The patterns in the nest display the history of the materials that have been collected for its construction.

I have used abandoned hornet nests for making my own paper. It is a difficult material to work with as the wasp saliva involved in the process not only makes the pulp malleable, it waterproofs it!

The reason for today’s selection will become obvious when I post on Sunday.

 

Here’s hoping you have a wasp-free weekend!

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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