You may know of a wasp because of their sting. Yes, we understand – they hurt. A lot. There is a reason why wasps are feared all around. Of course, they are not a hated insect, like a mosquito.
Wasps play a major role in building the world around us, helping in pollination and killing pests. But other than that, wasps are artists of a higher order. Baffled? Well, if you are someone who only thinks of wasps two-dimensionally – as a sting-er and a pollinator, then you might be.
Mattia Menchetti, who was once a biology student at the University of Florence, had a keen interest in wasps. He wanted to study this majestic but feared species. We all know wasps make nests. They look unusually dull, but we can’t disagree that there is a pattern to it. Just because we can’t see a variety of colors on it, we dismiss them as boring. But can we really say wasps are not artists? Are they really that boring?
Mattia Menchetti had a different perspective. He wanted to conduct an experiment with the wasp colony and for that, he presented different colored papers to the wasps. To be specific to all you wasp-enthusiasts, these were European Paper wasps.
Well, once Menchetti presented the paper – the wasps began to make their nests out of it. And the nests were magnificent. Each nest was a kaleidoscope of colors – there was an explosion of art. It can be a truly psychedelic experience. It proved that wasps are artists of a higher order.
Who knew that wasps can be such magnificent painters? They should be called Nature’s Dali.
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