Italian biology student and blogger Mattia Menchetti captured remarkable photos of the natural phenomenon of polistes dominula (paper wasps) building a beautiful nest from the colorful construction paper that was provided to them.
(translated) Returning to native species, we come to the real purpose of this article: to show how, with a little ‘color and imagination, these buildings can appear even the less art lovers of insects. Below you can see a small colony in the founding of Polistes dominula. The species has an interesting behavioral repertoire, very well designed, and is used as a model species for studies on eusociality. …The individuals were placed in captivity and were provided food and paper for nest building, only yellow at first, then colored.
photos by Mattia Menchetti