Hiding Places Thanks to Nature

Scientists have found the gene for shyness. They would have found it years ago, but it was hiding behind a couple of other genes.
– Jonathan Katz –

A single leaf isn’t very big, but when a bunch of them work together they are very good at hiding things.

wood rail fenceA large shade tree is a good location to hide out from the heat of the sun.

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rain dropsThe cabin is well hidden behind the Saskatoon bush.

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grey paperBut once the leaves have fallen, this football size wasps nest is hidden no more!

Wasps construct the nests out of paper made from wood pulp. In the fall, all of the wasps will die except the fertilized queen. She’ll overwinter somewhere, and start a new colony in the spring. The old nests will fall apart before the winter ends – they aren’t made of the most durable of construction materials!

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    • Welcome Gracie Sam. I enjoyed the photos you posted for this challenge too! I see that you and I are using the same WordPress Theme. It is interesting how much the same they are, while being so different!

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  1. I assume you’re going to use your macro and tap that nest, so we some great pics of stinging things? Nice post. You made me look around at my world, today.

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    • Hi Barb – Sadly, the stinging things have all died (except for the queen who, after a frenzy of mating found other accommodations for the winter.) The females rule the wasp world!

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  2. That top picture is neat, almost looks like a heart shining through the leaves. That wasp nest is awesome. We had one of those years ago, it was out in our back field so not really a concern but we were a little worried about it. Eventually we just let it stay and they never caused us any trouble.

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