I have had this big loquat leaf on my table for a couple months now. I found it while watching bees who were busy on the loquat flowers and wondered why a wasp would start a nest in such a precarious place as the exposed surface of a leaf. Presumably the wasp felt the same and after making only 6 exquisite cells, abandoned this one for a more secure location. It was also strange that the same day I discovered a paper wasp’s nest neatly tucked under the concrete balustrade of our terrace.
The wasps are still there and are quite beautiful, slender and delicate. I hope to paint one very soon. At the moment the weather is icy so they have formed a huddle on top of the nest. I wonder if they will survive. I wonder if I will survive. Florida apartments are not built for cold weather.
Paper wasp nest cells on Loquat Leaf:
Pencil Drawing on cartridge paper 12”
The leaf is about 10 inches long. The leaf had dried out and curled in on itself, hiding those nice serrated edges.