Giant wasps’ nest found in Canary Islands

Isn’t the form of this nest, shared over at Jerry Coyne’s “Why Evolution Is True” quite beautiful? Strange undulations in whatever fibre the wasps secrete and build from, and the way the wasps themselves pepper it. We all know there’s a lot of beauty in nature, but sometimes it creeps in in the strangest places.

Why Evolution Is True

by Matthew Cobb

It is of course the nest that is giant, not the wasps. But it’s still pretty impressive. In San Sebastián de La Gomera, the port capital of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, police broke into an empty house following complaints from neighbours. Inside they found a wasps’ nest that was allegedly over 7 metres long (it doesn’t actually look that big, but maybe it does back into the room and the photographer – understandably – didn’t want to get that close):

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According to this source:

Experts have examined the nest … and say the common type of wasp found in gardens would never normally build a nest of this size. They believe it must be an invasive species of wasp which had migrated from Africa.The Canary Islands are less than 100 kilometres from Morocco by water.

Ah, those experts. Looks like a large paper wasp…

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