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Animal Architects And The Beautiful Homes They Build
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Animals, Nature7 years ago

Animal Architects And The Beautiful Homes They Build

Most animals are content with finding a slightly softer and more sheltered space to sleep for the night, but there also wild animals out there that demand nothing but the finest accommodations. These 13 animals are some of the best architects that the animal kingdom has to offer.

Home building is probably the closest that many animals will come to tool use, in the sense that we think of it. It seems that the jury is still out on whether or not nest (or dam, in the beaver‘s case) building can be considered to be tool use – these animals do carry sticks, twigs and leaves for intentional future use, but they don’t “use” them on other things the way a chimpanzee uses a stick to hunt termites.

If you like these photos, you will love Animal Architecture by Ingo Arndt, which is an extensive collection of images of structures created by animals.

More info: ingoarndt.com | Amazon (h/t: inhabitat)

Sociable Weaver

Image credits: Mike Soroczynski

Image credits: TyneWear-Rob

Image credits: Linda De Volder

Image credits: Dillon Marsh

The sociable weaver, native to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, weaves huge communal nests that can hosts hundreds of birds across multiple generations. These nests, woven from sticks and grass, are permanent. The deeper inner chambers maintain a higher temperature at night, allowing the birds to stay warm. (Image credits: Denis Roschlau)

Vogelkop Bowerbird

Image credits: thewildernessalternative.com

Image credits: thewildernessalternative.com

Image credits: cannedyams.wordpress.com

The male Vogelkop bowerbird creates bowers, or small huts, out of grass and sticks to attract females to mate with. The consummate interior designers of the animal world, these birds arrange berries, beetles, flowers and other colorful and eye-catching ornaments into artistic arrangements to attract their mates. Ironically, the females do not actually use these bowers to raise their young. (Image credits: thewildernessalternative.com)

Compass Termite

Image credits: dabendansbookshelf.wordpress.com

The compass termite builds large wedge-shaped mounds for nests. These wedges are roughly oriented in a north-south orientation, which gives them their name. It is believed that this shape helps their mounds stay thermoregulated. (Image credits: Travel NT)

Honeybees

Image credits: Bigstock

Honeybees’ entire lives revolve around their nests. It is in these nests, which they construct out of secreted wax, that they process their food and raise their young. (Image credits: Damian Biniek)

Red Ovenbird

Image credits: merlinsilk.com

The red ovenbird builds its nest out of clay and mud. These strong nests help prevent predation and, once abandoned, can provide other birds with a relatively secure place to live. (Image credits: Eric Henrique)

Baya Weaver

Image credits: Ramnath Bhat

Image credits: Farhan Younus

Baya weavers often build their elegant hanging woven nests in thorny palm and acacia trees or above bodies of water, where predators may have difficulty reaching them. The nests can often be found in colonies, although isolated ones do exist as well. (Image credits: subroto)

Wasp

Image credits: Antoinette

The majority of wasps actually do not actually build nests, preferring solitary or even parasitic arrangements. Social wasps, on the other hand, build elegant paper nests out of plant pulp, spit, resin and other materials. These consist of internal paper honeycomb tiers (similar to a honey bee’s comb in appearance but not material) surrounded by a paper wrapping. (Image credits: crabcaked)

Montezuma Oropendola

Image credits: Andrew Block

The Montezuma oropendola weaves its nests out of small vines and grass. They usually live in colonies of roughly 30 birds, which include a dominant male that mates with the females. (Image credits: Simon Valdez)

Swallow

Image credits: Saurav Pandey

Image credits: thetransientbiologist.wordpress.com

Swallows build nests out of various materials, and some don’t even build any at all, choosing instead to nest in found or abandoned cavities. Certain species of swallow, however, create their nests primarily out of their own saliva. These nests are edible, and are considered a delicacy by some. (Image credits: Sabyasachi Kolkata)

Caddisfly

Image credits: heatherkh

When it’s time for the caddisfly to pupate, it spins a tough cocoon out of pebbles, sand, shells, and other lake- and river-bed detritus. It weaves these elements together with strands of its own silk to safely grow to adulthood. (Image credits: Jan Hamrsky)

“Animal Architecture” by Ingo Arndt is available on Amazon.

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HipChick
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7 years ago

Very interesting. Wow, the Caddisfly has an incredible mobile home.

SandraDanielsson
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7 years ago

I think I've seen an artist that provided the caddisflies with gems that they built with. It was really beautiful!

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PennyCouzens
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7 years ago

Nature is amazing.

Dim'Ngo'
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7 years ago

The Magic Of Nature

SudeshKumari
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7 years ago

awesome..........

karimLAABI
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7 years ago

soubhana allah: Hallelujah

AntigonumCajan
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7 years ago

Nature provides as in these many examples, housing, the intelligent kind, with materials provided by itself without any type of recognition

AmrElkholy
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7 years ago

i think about goad who teach them how to build their nests

Anny Patérakis
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7 years ago

prodiges de la création!

kakaposarecool
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7 years ago

Love the bowerbird!!!

Dallas Robson
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7 years ago

wow something just whipped up with only the mouth and beak. Wonder how us humans would go using our mouth for this purpose and no hands ?

BranimirMarold
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7 years ago

respect 8-)

Molly B.
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7 years ago

They're more talented than me. Nature is a mystery

TillieKing
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7 years ago

Simply amazing that these animals are so artistic and practical. Glory to the highest.

Melodie
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow they're just like us.

Goustan Bodin
Community Member
7 years ago

I just can't wait for the day we can build energy efficient cities like ants or termites !

KayHansen
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7 years ago

And then the hominids come along and knock the structures down. Inconvenient, don'cha know.

gail hart
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7 years ago

amazing, thank you

Lange Finn Christiania
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7 years ago

Whau - Amazing

Jo psychic
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7 years ago

Gorgeous

Jopsychic
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7 years ago

Very nice thank you for sharing

IstofaNoor
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7 years ago

subhanallah...

Gina Richards
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7 years ago

Thank you for this amazing article

MassimoFranzoni
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7 years ago

www.repubblica.it/ambiente/2014/10/20/foto/animali_o_architetti_il_nido_un_opera_d_arte-98550949/1/?ref=HRESS-6#1 copied from you?

TinaButler
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7 years ago

Love it

AbdullahFaizalNK
Community Member
7 years ago

Now, I would like to make my home as above. FYI, not like animal but human ;-).

Stephen Ndombi
Community Member
7 years ago

I love nature. Wonderful.

StephenNdombi
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7 years ago

Wonderful website.

KathleenSemon
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7 years ago

Awesome

Ant.N.B
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7 years ago

Humans could gain some inspiration

HansSchneider
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7 years ago

pretty cool what nature will bring you....

FranzBarrientos
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7 years ago

wondefrul

ShaikShaheen
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7 years ago

i think that nature has some amazing architectures

Miren Kruse
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazingly beautiful nature

MirenKruse
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7 years ago

Amazingly beautiful nature

Ben Adams
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7 years ago

African or European Swallows? Sorry... Had to... Great pictures though, birds fascinate me and this just gave me another reason why.

ChakriKeshv
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7 years ago

OMG mother nature is really amazing

Gail Taylor
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7 years ago

Amazing.......!

GailTaylor
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7 years ago

Amazing.....!

RicardoRycembel
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7 years ago

Beaultiful

AbdulSalam
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7 years ago

Nice to see the nests.Thanks to the photographers.

EdsonFernandoDutra
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7 years ago

In Brazil we call the red ovenbird by the name of mud john. : )

পর্ণা পর্ণা
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7 years ago

Adorable !

Olman Castro
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7 years ago

¿quien los enseño? su propia intuicion, NO, su creador, los programó acada uno con un ideal difernete.

OlmanCastro
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7 years ago

¿QUIE N LES ENSEÑÓ A CONSTRUIR? su propia intuicion.....no, su creador los programó a cada uno con ideas diferentes

Trudy Williams
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7 years ago

In Georgia that is not a wasp nest. That is a hornet's nest which is a very different thing. Much bigger and a lot meaner.

TrudyWilliams
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7 years ago

Here in Georgia we have hornets that build nests like these not wasps. A wasp nest looks totally different than that. They are gray though.

CarlaPorter
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7 years ago

NATURE ROCKS!

Beverley Arnold
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7 years ago

Wonderful community living

JanRosseel
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7 years ago

Add the Xenophora shell!

WeeraUdomthananun
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7 years ago

The Unbelievable Picture And Difficult To See

StephanieFuncheon
Community Member
7 years ago

I love this website! You come up with some of the most original material I've seen online.

HipChick
Community Member
7 years ago

Very interesting. Wow, the Caddisfly has an incredible mobile home.

SandraDanielsson
Community Member
7 years ago

I think I've seen an artist that provided the caddisflies with gems that they built with. It was really beautiful!

Load More Replies...
PennyCouzens
Community Member
7 years ago

Nature is amazing.

Dim'Ngo'
Community Member
7 years ago

The Magic Of Nature

SudeshKumari
Community Member
7 years ago

awesome..........

karimLAABI
Community Member
7 years ago

soubhana allah: Hallelujah

AntigonumCajan
Community Member
7 years ago

Nature provides as in these many examples, housing, the intelligent kind, with materials provided by itself without any type of recognition

AmrElkholy
Community Member
7 years ago

i think about goad who teach them how to build their nests

Anny Patérakis
Community Member
7 years ago

prodiges de la création!

kakaposarecool
Community Member
7 years ago

Love the bowerbird!!!

Dallas Robson
Community Member
7 years ago

wow something just whipped up with only the mouth and beak. Wonder how us humans would go using our mouth for this purpose and no hands ?

BranimirMarold
Community Member
7 years ago

respect 8-)

Molly B.
Community Member
7 years ago

They're more talented than me. Nature is a mystery

TillieKing
Community Member
7 years ago

Simply amazing that these animals are so artistic and practical. Glory to the highest.

Melodie
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow they're just like us.

Goustan Bodin
Community Member
7 years ago

I just can't wait for the day we can build energy efficient cities like ants or termites !

KayHansen
Community Member
7 years ago

And then the hominids come along and knock the structures down. Inconvenient, don'cha know.

gail hart
Community Member
7 years ago

amazing, thank you

Lange Finn Christiania
Community Member
7 years ago

Whau - Amazing

Jo psychic
Community Member
7 years ago

Gorgeous

Jopsychic
Community Member
7 years ago

Very nice thank you for sharing

IstofaNoor
Community Member
7 years ago

subhanallah...

Gina Richards
Community Member
7 years ago

Thank you for this amazing article

MassimoFranzoni
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7 years ago

www.repubblica.it/ambiente/2014/10/20/foto/animali_o_architetti_il_nido_un_opera_d_arte-98550949/1/?ref=HRESS-6#1 copied from you?

TinaButler
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7 years ago

Love it

AbdullahFaizalNK
Community Member
7 years ago

Now, I would like to make my home as above. FYI, not like animal but human ;-).

Stephen Ndombi
Community Member
7 years ago

I love nature. Wonderful.

StephenNdombi
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful website.

KathleenSemon
Community Member
7 years ago

Awesome

Ant.N.B
Community Member
7 years ago

Humans could gain some inspiration

HansSchneider
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7 years ago

pretty cool what nature will bring you....

FranzBarrientos
Community Member
7 years ago

wondefrul

ShaikShaheen
Community Member
7 years ago

i think that nature has some amazing architectures

Miren Kruse
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazingly beautiful nature

MirenKruse
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazingly beautiful nature

Ben Adams
Community Member
7 years ago

African or European Swallows? Sorry... Had to... Great pictures though, birds fascinate me and this just gave me another reason why.

ChakriKeshv
Community Member
7 years ago

OMG mother nature is really amazing

Gail Taylor
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing.......!

GailTaylor
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing.....!

RicardoRycembel
Community Member
7 years ago

Beaultiful

AbdulSalam
Community Member
7 years ago

Nice to see the nests.Thanks to the photographers.

EdsonFernandoDutra
Community Member
7 years ago

In Brazil we call the red ovenbird by the name of mud john. : )

পর্ণা পর্ণা
Community Member
7 years ago

Adorable !

Olman Castro
Community Member
7 years ago

¿quien los enseño? su propia intuicion, NO, su creador, los programó acada uno con un ideal difernete.

OlmanCastro
Community Member
7 years ago

¿QUIE N LES ENSEÑÓ A CONSTRUIR? su propia intuicion.....no, su creador los programó a cada uno con ideas diferentes

Trudy Williams
Community Member
7 years ago

In Georgia that is not a wasp nest. That is a hornet's nest which is a very different thing. Much bigger and a lot meaner.

TrudyWilliams
Community Member
7 years ago

Here in Georgia we have hornets that build nests like these not wasps. A wasp nest looks totally different than that. They are gray though.

CarlaPorter
Community Member
7 years ago

NATURE ROCKS!

Beverley Arnold
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful community living

JanRosseel
Community Member
7 years ago

Add the Xenophora shell!

WeeraUdomthananun
Community Member
7 years ago

The Unbelievable Picture And Difficult To See

StephanieFuncheon
Community Member
7 years ago

I love this website! You come up with some of the most original material I've seen online.

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