We tend to take for granted certain small things throughout our life. Humans make big buildings and huge machines. Everything we do has to be bigger and better than what came before it. We tend to relate size to power, the bigger the house the better the life. The examples of humans always wanting bigger things are too many to list. One photographer Nicky Bay decided they wanted to show the beauty and the complexity of these structures and highlight the incredible animals responsible for them. Check out these small insect structures and learn a little about the animals responsible for them.
This intricate web tower has actually stumped scientists for a while. It was found in Peru.
This insect creates an intricate web structure and then surrounds its home with a ring of feces.
This one is extremely cool. Before the Arctiine Moth starts its pupation it removes its long hairs. They use the hairs to construct a protective cage like structures around its body. It then suspends itself from the cage.
Some insects create tiny jungle tents from tiny scraps of leaves.
Some definitely don’t look as nice as others.
The Bagworm Moth Caterpillar is an amazing architect. It takes little twigs and tiny sticks and will actually saw them into smaller pieces. They will then erects these branch houses to live in.
Some of them turn into these bundle of sticks that protrude out from a leaf or branch for protection.
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These little architects are really something. Animals so small are moving many times their weight and constructing things in a way that it took humans thousands of years to learn. That is pretty darn impressive if you ask me. What is really puzzling about these tiny structures is that we still don’t know what kinds of animals constructed many of them. There is still so much we don’t know about the animal kingdom in our world. Making discoveries such as these only add the excitement of what we might find next. We may end up finding animals that have architectural skills that rival humans! Wouldn’t that be something.