National Geographic : 1937 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Lynwood M. Chase SYNONYM FOR TROUBLE-A HORNETS' NEST! Flimsy and fragile may seem the paper home of the white-faced hornets (Color Plate V, upper), yet summer wind and rain do it little damage. The nest is used only a single season (pages 70 and 71). Like masonry, the art of papermaking was practiced among the wasps and hornets long before it was known to man. The insects manufacture their own pulp by chewing tiny bits of weathered wood. One nest exhibited at the National Museum in Washington, D. C., bears vivid reddish streaks throughout, for some of the workers obtained their pulp from painted wood.