The mason bees aren’t the only little creatures that get creative
Paper wasps mix chewed plant fibre with their saliva to create a building material suitable for their complex hanging nests with open combs. These papery constructions are waterresistant and help the colony to keep eggs safe and dry.
Their nests might not be as pretty, but leafcutter bees put just as much effort into providing their eggs with a good home – females cut out discs from leaves (often those of roses) and use them to create a column of brood cells inside a burrow.
Showing exemplary teamwork, weaver ants put all their strength together to build a nest. Once a leaf is folded, ants fetch larvae and encourage them to produce silk; the sticky fibres can be used like glue to hold everything in place.