This artist's project visualizes the power of collaborative work

When spotting a wasp, joy isn’t usually the first emotion that rushes in. Fear is more likely, followed by a bit of disgust. Italian biologist Mattia Menchetti will make you rethink how amazing these insects are with a project that turns their usually annoying brown nests into works of art.

Wasps build their nests from fibrous materials like wood pulp they scavenge from their surroundings. For this art and science project, Mattia worked with wasps in captivity. He provided the wasps with food, then colored paper, to build their nests with. He then changed the colors of the paper giving the nests beautiful contrasting hues.

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