|MadSci Network: Zoology|
I'm not sure if this is an identification question or an information question so I'll take a whack at both. For identification , the site listed below has some excellent photos of paper wasp nests. Without an actual photo from the submitter, I'm only taking a wild guess as to the identity of the insect. Insects in the following Orders rear their young in either specially constructed or pre-existing structures: Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants,etc.), Orthoptera (cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, mantids, etc.), Dermaptera (earwigs), Coleoptera (beetles), and Isoptera (termites) Although many insect may build nesting chambers, numerically, Hymenopterans by far build the most nests and also some of the most diverse. Click here to go to the suggested link. References: Gullan, P.J. and P.S. Cranston. 1994. The Insects: An Outline of Entomology. Chapman and Hall. Borror, D.J., D.M. DeLong and C.A. Triplehorn. 1981. An Introduction to the Study of Insects. Saunders College Publishing.
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