Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Unique Methods of Building and Construction in the Animal World

Some species of animals have unique methods of creating their homes or in building their nest. What are the materials they used? Let’s find out who are the greatest carpenters and engineers in the animal world.

If Termites were like humans, a single human sized termite can make a building bigger than the Empire State Building, with only dirt, dung and saliva. They are truly amazing; the mounds they live in can be even taller than a giraffe which is equivalent to 2 story building.

Bees are great builders and designers. They build one of the most beautiful houses in the animal world. They carefully build witty hives.

Although Wasps are dreaded animals for their venomous stings these creatures are fantastic builders. They build fortress of paper

Weaver Ants are amazing creatures. They are known for their unique nest building behavior where workers construct nests by weaving together leaves using larval silk.

Burying Beetles make home out of the dead for their young and the male’s home attracts the mate. They bury the carcasses of small vertebrates like birds and rodents as a food source for their larvae. They are also known as Sexton Beetles.

Woodpeckers dig a nest hole using their powerful beak, usually in a live poplar or pine tree where the female lays four or more eggs. Some species create nest in cacti plants.

Carpenter Ants prefer dead, damp wood in which to build nests. However, they do not eat it, unlike Termites. Sometimes Carpenter Ants will hollow out sections of trees.

Badgers build home called Badger Sett. This Badger’s den is usually consisting of a network of tunnels that can accommodate 15 or more animals, with up to 300 meters of tunnels and as many as 40 openings. It takes many years for the animals to dig these large setts.

Male Sticklebacks build house with kidney glue and fans eggs with fins.

Parrotfish builds homes of snot and slime. They don't last very long.

Nautilus builds its own underwater mobile home that can withstand being under 1,500 ft (460 m) of water pressure.

The Decorator Crab’s mobile home is sea floor bits.

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