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!