Paper wasp nests are an iconic symbol of New Zealand and have been a staple of the landscape since the early 1900s.
They are often found in New Zealand’s most beautiful landscapes, but they are often very difficult to photograph, as they are camouflaged with paper, and therefore require specialised equipment and expertise to capture them.
The New Zealand National Parks and Wildlife Service (NZPWS) has established the Paper wasps nest site (PAS) for the purpose of capturing this iconic symbol.
PAS was established in 2013 as part of the New Zealand Pest Management Plan and is part of an integrated management strategy, which aims to ensure that the New Zealander’s experience of our country and environment is enhanced.
The nest site is open to the public from 7am to 10pm daily.
The PAS has a total of 18 sites and is open 24 hours a day.
The nests are not available to the general public but can be viewed from a number of public viewing points.
The majority of PAS sites are located in New England, but there are also sites in the south, particularly Canterbury and the South Island.
The site is a popular tourist destination for many people.
Visitors are welcome to take photographs and film the nests for their local paper or newsprint magazine.
The paper wasps are found throughout the South Pacific, and New Zealand has one of the highest populations in the world.
This wasp is a parasite that has a devastating impact on the New Guinean population and is known to cause the death of millions of native New Guines.
The most common parasite of the paper wasping is the African wasp, Dermocystis albicilla.
This species has a lifespan of approximately 30 years, which is also the longest life span of any of the three wasps in New Guinea.
The wasp larvae are found in the soil of New Guinea and are attracted to a variety of materials including plant roots, leaf litter, animal droppings, and human excrement.
Dermotids can cause an array of diseases in humans, including anaemia, encephalitis, pneumonia, and encephalopathy.
The parasite also causes severe pain, swelling and blisters on the skin.
The adult wasp larva feeds on the larvae of the African dermotid and pupae are released to the environment.
It is estimated that more than 50,000 of these wasps have been found in South Pacific islands in recent years.
This is the first time that an adult wasps has been captured in New Guiana.
The team from the NZPWS was tasked with the capture of a paper waspa nest in the vicinity of a large tree stump, and was able to photograph the nest using a specialized camera.
The photo paper was placed in a bag with a special adhesive that was designed to protect the nest.
They then took photographs using a lens on their camera phones, and used a handheld handheld digital camera to film the wasp.
The camera was then attached to a portable digital camera using a tripod.
The crew recorded the images and provided the photographs to NZPWT.
The image of the nest was then used in a research paper that will be published in the Journal of Insect Conservation.