Wasp research

Wasp research

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Caption: Wasp research. Numbered wasp building a nest with different coloured paper. Many wasps are social insects, and so form a colony containing numerous individuals that can display collective behaviour, like building complex nest structures. A wasp nest is made from chewed woody material. In this case, the researchers have provided a source material of different colours of paper, allowing them to track the stages of nest building. The nest is initially built by a queen wasp who lays eggs. The first few eggs develop into worker wasps who then finish building the nest and support the queen as she lays more eggs.

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Keywords: animal, animal experiment, animals, behaviour, biological, biology, building, colour, coloured, constructing, construction, eusocial, experiment, experimental, experimentation, insect, insects, labelled, laboratory, nest, numbered, paper, research, science, scientific, social, wasp, zoology

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