Where nature and art meet!
This summer I became interested in studying the social ways of paper wasps (umbrella wasps). I decided to observe them from the inception of nest-building near my front door. In noticing the beauty of these creatures, it struck me that I might be able to simulate a wasp by constructing an up-scale version. I selected a banana gourd for the abdomen which turned out to be about 13 times the size of a real wasp. From there it was a matter of scaling the other parts to that ratio. I used a jewelry gourd for the head and another small gourd for the thorax. The legs I made of leather with a small-diameter rod running the full length of each one for rigidity. For the wings I used 1/32″ clear plastic which I detailed with a Sharpie permanent marker. Of course I had to include a stinger. Extension springs hold the body parts together and allows them to swivel. The wasp is about 16″ square.