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280 days of Urbpandemonium #40

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A European paper wasp Polistes dominula* accompanies me as I hang out the laundry. She and I are both focused on the clothespins; me because I'm trying to hang the damn laundry, and her because its nice untreated dead wood, perfect to chew up into pulp to form a paper wasp nest. Even though these are non-natives, and they can sting, I pretty much leave them alone. They eat only other insects, hopefully winter moth caterpillars this time of year, and they are not especially aggressive. They do love to build their nests on human-made objects like eaves, sheds, and fences, which can be a nuisance. The biggest problem comes from people who don't notice living things around them, inadvertently disturbing the nest and getting themselves stung.

*"Little mistress who founded the city???"

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