A few weeks ago, a customer at the 100 Mile Farmers' Market was telling me about her homeschooling experiences, one of which was making paper from wasps nests. Somehow, I had never heard of this. As last year was the Summer of the Wasp, our barn was full of nests. And as I began telling everyone who would listen, wasps' nests (empty ones) are being donated to me.
Lucy is very curious
All kinds of bugs, unidentifiable things, black dots (eggs?) reside inside these wasps' nests. I peeled off the outside, which feels not surprisingly, exactly like paper, and threw it into the pulp. The resulting paper doesn't look particularly different, but it feels very different. The only adjective I can think of is substantial.
Thanks to the Internet, I have begun learning a lot about wasps.
I enjoyed this link, though not sure that I will ever think of a wasp as a possible pet.