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European paper wasp – Polistes dominula

European paper wasp - Polistes dominula

Thanks to observations of vespid wasps (such as the European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, shown here), we have the modern pulp and paper industry, which began in 1719 due to the persistence of French naturalist and physicist Antoine Ferchault Réaumer. (Photo credit: David Cappaert, Bugwood.org)

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