I observed these Paper Wasps landing on the surface of this pond in the Great Trinity Forest. The wasps would land on the water, and then after a few moments they would take off again without difficulty.

Presumably, the wasps are taking water to aid in creating the pulp they use to construct their nests. The pulp becomes paper when it dries, which is how this wasp got its name.

Observations Details

County Dallas
City Dallas
Date May 27, 2012
Time of Day Noon
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Drinking
Gender Female
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Paper Wasp Observation Location