Paper wasps are 0.7 to 1.0 inch (1.8 to 2.5 cm)-long wasps that gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Paper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests or other regional variants such as Trinidad & Tobago's use of Jack Spaniard.
... Recent research has discovered paper wasps have face recognition abilities comparable to humans ... One recent study conducted at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor showed paper wasps have the same facial recognition abilities common to humans or chimps ... the image of a face, and it turns out that these paper wasps do the same thing." The study consisted of a series of tests on the Polistes fuscatus species of paper wasp ...
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