Image: How Cool is That? - Nic van Oudtshoorn

How Cool is That? - Nic van Oudtshoorn

A female paper wasp (Polistes sp.) carries a drop of water in her mandibles to place inside an egg chamber. The evaporating water acts as an air-conditioner, cooling down the nest. If it gets very hot, the wasp fans the water drop with her wings to speed up evaporation.

Photographer:
Nic van Oudtshoorn
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crispinr - 11.10 PM, 05 October 2011
fantastic photo!

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