Construction Abilities Of Animals

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It’s interesting to learn from nature. Animals in particular have an endless source of inspiring ways how they construct their homes. That being the case, their methods can inspire projects by humans. After all a spider net has such properties that it’s used by humans right from medicine to bullet proof vests. Check out the best of them.

The beauty of the spider net

Termites

Their method of housing is difficult to overlook. Their ‘skyscrapers’ even maintain the temperature inside.

Red Termite Hill, Namibia Africa
Termite mound in Kakadu National Park, Australia

Wasps
A naturally made paper mass creates a useful building material which also looks good. By the way – there is a constant 30 degrees Celsius inside the nest except during winters.

Wasp’s nest

Spiders
Spider fiber is very elastic and extremely strong. Spider web was used in traditional medicine for its content to stop bleeding and today scientists have been inspired into building some of the lightest and toughest materials.

Spider net

Satin bowerbird
The reason for their constructing very charming and aesthetic nests is to lure the female. It is fairly simple – the better looking the home with fabulous colourful compositions, the better the chance for mating.

Satin Bowerbird with his masterpiece – ready to impress

Beaver
Beavers obviously are well equipped to work with wood. And so do they do. Starting from cutting trees they create an entire water unit covering a system of several chambers. One can´t even call it a nest – it’s more like a bungalow.

Beavers – born to work with wood
Beaver lodge in a lake

Ants
With ants one has to start with the fact that they can carry several times their own weight. That sure must help their construction work. Plus many of them pitch in. What is one to say about an ant hill? It is like an Egyptian pyramid, except that it’s made for living, where every aspect of an ants´ life has its own dedicated space. Starting from storing food to raising the little ones.

Big anthill with colony of ants

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