When Given Colored Construction Paper, Wasps Build Rainbow Colored Nests

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It’s unnerving to discover a wasp’s nest dangling outside your house, but perhaps it would be a tad less so with the help of biology student Mattia Menchetti who cleverly realized he could give colored construction paper to a colony of European paper wasps. By gradually providing different paper shades, the wasps turned their homes into a functional rainbow of different colors.

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This isn’t the first time scientists have encountered insects producing colorful materials with the aid of artificial coloring.

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