Little Nest-maker

Some see a bird. Some see a meal, best broiled and seasoned with cloves, cinnamon and sweet brandy. Some see a Eurasian Nuthatch. Some see Sitta europaea, a perching bird in the order of Passeriformes, the most diverse of all vertebrates, a manifestation of millions of subtle, random mutations in DNA, hundreds of millions of… Read More Little Nest-maker

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Vespula vulgaris

In summer, male drones travel great distances in search of proteins to feed their shiny, white squirming larvae. Their work is a frantic, compulsive toil, and a poet may explain this as the only response to a fast approaching death. The males never survive even a single winter. Only the inseminated queen curls up, motionless,… Read More Vespula vulgaris

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