Wasps build rainbow nests when you hand them coloured paper

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Wasps build rainbow nests when you hand them coloured paper

Wasps aren’t exactly the type you’d call pretty or fabulous, but one experiment just changed all that.

Mattia Manchetti, a biology student at the University of Florence, came up with an experiment involving coloured construction paper and a colony of European wasps. By gradually handing sheets of paper to the winged insects, he was able to get them to build rainbow nests.

In 2012, beekeepers in France discovered that their bees also used artificial colouring. The bees were able to make green and blue honey from sugar collected at a nearby M&Ms factory.

You can find out more about Mattia Manchetti’s experiment here.

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