I found this in the garden yesterday. It's a fragment of a honeycomb and it's dry and tatty so I'm guessing it's not this year's.
As it's made from paper it can't be a bees' comb, they use wax for theirs. This means it was made be wasps. They make papier mache by chewing up wood and form it into these amazing creations.
They eat caterpillars and flies, which is a good thing in a garden. I need all the help I can get.
This was found by the outhouse, where all the gardening stuff is kept, so maybe it's from in there. I know we have wasps living in the wall by the back door and in other places in the garden. They've never been a problem.
We've always called wasps jaspers, but I believe not everyone is familiar with the name. I'm sure there are many other names as well, not all of them nice.
For the record, I've been stung a few times. Once so badly on the upper arm, on a Brownies' day out, that I still have the scar. A completely unprovoked attack, I was just glad it got me and not one of the Brownies- it would have ruined their day.
There are lots of natural and home remedies for stings and bites but I always rely on the Expletive Cure. Never fails to make one (me) feel better,