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Behind the Scenes in Nature—4


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' Life in a Wasp's Nest'
JAMES RITCHIE , D.Sc. (Regius Professor of Natural History in the University of Aberdeen)
This evening Professor James Ritchie is to talk about life behind the scenes in a wasp's nest-a life of endless activity and endeavour, of constructional engineering, of devotion to the young, of continual building and rebuilding that the citadel may be improved and enlarged to accommodate the ever-increasing inhabitants, numbering, it is said, as many as 30,000 in a propitious season. But, alas, it all ends in tragedy. For towards the autumn the nest is deserted. The ' workers ' leave, carrying the larvae (or children) with them-and both perish. Nothing survives but the fertilised queen wasps that are to slumber through the winter and found their colonies another year.


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Behind the Scenes in Nature—4

National Programme Daventry, 11 May 1936 19.30

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