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Construction pattern forms sturdy tubes: organ-pipe wasp


Organ pipe mud dauber wasp / Lisa Brown / LicenseCC-by-nc - Attribution Non-commercial

The nests of organ-pipe wasps are long sturdy tubes built from strands of mud in a herringbone pattern.

"The inch-long female begins at the top with a ball of wet mud and applies it to the vertical surface, stretching it out into ropes braided into a herringbone pattern, creating a ^ built in two steps: first the /, working from bottom to top, then the \, again beginning at the bottom and joining its mirror image at the top." (Gould and Gould 2007:14)
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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Quick-set materials, housing, buildings.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Construction, building, architecture

Gould, James L; Gould, Carol Grant. 2007. Animal architects: building and the evolution of intelligence. New York: Basic Books. 324 p.
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