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Are there certain environments that are more attractive to wasps for nest-building?

A colony’s dream home is practical: a dry, secluded spot with rain cover, easy access, convenient food sources, and handy escape routes. Like us, these insects are adaptable and opportunistic. Some species build high, with nests hanging in tree branches or below eaves. Others find hollow spots in trees, walls, or attics, or underneath decks. “They love the overhang of an outhouse, where it’s nice and sheltered,” says Rob Currie, the head of the department of entomology at the University of Manitoba. And they aren’t afraid to get creative. “They might start a nest in a birdhouse,” says Matthias Buck, the assistant curator of invertebrate zoology at the Royal Alberta Museum. “If you have an unused barbecue, they might even start a nest in there.”

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