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Nests made of paper: paper wasps

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Paper Wasp / Dan Leiberma.. / LicenseCopyright - All Rights Reserved

Nests of paper wasps are made of paper-like material, created from wood and hardening saliva.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Three animals, for instance, have independently invented the making of paper. Paper wasps use small particles of wood gnawed off from trees and wood posts as their raw material, and they mix these fibres with their hardening saliva." (Pallasmaa 1995:20)
About the inspiring organism
Polistes
Polistes

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Making paper or cardboard, perhaps using old wood as a resource rather than newly harvested trees.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Manufacturing

References
Pallasmaa, J. 1995. Animal architecture. Helsinki: Museum of Finnish Architecture. 126 p.
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