The order hymenoptera covers Bees, Wasps/Hornets and Ants.
It will be remembered that the early scooters seen on the streets of India were Vespas and Lambrettas. The Vespas (Wasps) were obviously named from the Italian word for Wasps as the shape of the rear of the Vespa was similar to the shape of the rounded “gasters” - the section of the abdomen behind the wasp waist. Mahesh (who I consider an AMPRO - Bangalore Walkers for an amateur becoming a professional) - an excellent photographer and I were walking along the path in Lalbagh, below the bund which holds up the lake. We were heading eastwards when we came across a marvel of natural engineering attached to a Ficus benjamina tree (Java Fig tree).
What stopped us in our tracks was the nest of a Wasp/Vespa – Hornet. This nest is made up of paper produced by the Wasp using its mandibles to chew the bark of trees. The nest, about 15 inches in length, was attached to a branch of the Fig tree and has the appearance of a blown up inverted pear. The nest is founded by a fertilized female – the Queen who builds the first series of cells in combs. Later as the colony grows new combs are added and an envelope is built around the cell layers till the nest is entirely covered except for entry holes.