At a moderately high magnification of 242x this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted some of the ultrastructural details made visible of the surface of an unidentified wasps' nest found on the ground in the Decatur, Georgia suburbs. Note that the nest material takes on the appearance of woven fibers embedded in a glue-like matrix, very similar to the way in which rebar, i.e., iron textured rods, is embedding in concrete to reinforce the building material. Also of note, is the lamellated appearance of the nest construct, imparting an almost 'sandwich-like' configuration of the nesting materials.
CDC/ Janice Carr
December 2, 2012
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