"Nest of the Carpenter Ant." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Ant Nest

"Nest of the Carpenter Ant." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

"Yellow Ants (F. Flava) and Nest." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Yellow Ants

"Yellow Ants (F. Flava) and Nest." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Pictured here are the various legs of hive bees.

Legs of the Hive Bee

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage…

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Pictured here is a male honey bee.

Honey Bee (Male)

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage…

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Pictured here is a queen honey bee.

Honey Bee (Queen)

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage…

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Pictured here is a worker honey bee.

Honey Bee (Worker)

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees, primarily distinguished by the production and storage…

A bumblebee (or bumble bee) is any member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae. Pictured here are the various legs of the bees.

Legs of the Humble Bee

A bumblebee (or bumble bee) is any member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae. Pictured here…

"The Mason Bee, <em>Osmia</em>, of which there are many kinds, makes its cells in spaces from which it finds in timber or walls of brick or stone." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Mason Bee

"The Mason Bee, Osmia, of which there are many kinds, makes its cells in spaces from which…

Stingless bees, or simply meliponines, are a large group of bees, comprising the tribe Meliponini in the family Apidae, and closely-related to the common honey bees. Pictured here are the various legs of the bees.

Legs of the Stingless Bee

Stingless bees, or simply meliponines, are a large group of bees, comprising the tribe Meliponini in…

""The working bee, for collecting wax, enters a flower, the stamens of which are loaded with pollen. This dust attaches itself to the brush-like hairs covering the body of the bee, when, by rubbing itself with the brushes with which the tarsi are furnished, the insect collects it into little parcels, which it places on small palettes, hollowed out on the surface of its hund limbs." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Working Bees

""The working bee, for collecting wax, enters a flower, the stamens of which are loaded with pollen.…

"The secretion of wax, it would appear, goes on best when the bees are in a state of repose, and the wax-workers accordingly suspend themselves in the interioir of the hive in an extended cluster like a curtain, which is composed of a series of intertwined festoons or garlands crossing each other in all directions - the uppermost bee maintaining its position by laying hold of the roof by its fore-legs, and the suceeding one by laying hold of the hind-legs of the first, and so on." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Bees Secreting Wax

"The secretion of wax, it would appear, goes on best when the bees are in a state of repose, and the…

"The hexagonal cells for the honey are build upon precisely that mathematical angle which affords the greatest amount of strength with the least waste of material." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Cells of Honey Bees

"The hexagonal cells for the honey are build upon precisely that mathematical angle which affords the…

A bird perched on a branch.

Bird

A bird perched on a branch.

An illustration of a bird perched on the side of a nest with eggs.

Bird and nest

An illustration of a bird perched on the side of a nest with eggs.

An illustration of a bird nest with an egg.

Bird Nest with an Egg

An illustration of a bird nest with an egg.

This is a nest made by birds with eggs inside the nest.

Bird Nest with Eggs

This is a nest made by birds with eggs inside the nest.

A bird's nest.

Bird's Nest

A bird's nest.

"The nest of the Tailor-Bird is placed in a large leaf, the margins of which are sewn together, so as to form a bag."

Nest of Tailor-Bird

"The nest of the Tailor-Bird is placed in a large leaf, the margins of which are sewn together, so as…

A bird feeding her babies

Birds

A bird feeding her babies

A black snake attacking a nest of brown thrushes.

Black Snake and Brown Thrushes

A black snake attacking a nest of brown thrushes.

"The elevation of the dome, which is all built from the interior, is from four to six inches above the level of the field. Beside the moss or grass, they frequently employ coarse wax from the ceiling of the vault, for the purpose of keeping out rain, and preventing high winds from destroying it." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Nest of the Carder Bee

"The elevation of the dome, which is all built from the interior, is from four to six inches above the…

The summer yellow-bird and the cow-bird around a nest

Cow-bird and summer yellow-bird

The summer yellow-bird and the cow-bird around a nest

Woven of grass, the nests of the genus Euplectes have an opening which faces down towards the water. This is believed to keep monkeys and other predators from attack the young.

Nests of the genus Euplectes

Woven of grass, the nests of the genus Euplectes have an opening which faces down towards the water.…

An illustration of the Hussar fish which is nest building fish which can be found in the Sea of Galilee. Hussar fish build protective nest for their young and are also known to carry their young in their mouths when they feel threatened.

Hussar Fish

An illustration of the Hussar fish which is nest building fish which can be found in the Sea of Galilee.…

The Graeco-Italic foliated shaft is a lamp-stand made out of bronze. It is a design that is inspired by nature which includes branches, leaves, a bird and it's nest.

Graeco-Italic Foliated Shaft

The Graeco-Italic foliated shaft is a lamp-stand made out of bronze. It is a design that is inspired…

Girl finds a nest.

Girl finds a nest

Girl finds a nest.

The Great Crested Grebe (Lophæthyia cristata) is a fresh-water, migratory, diving bird of the family Podicipidæ. It has a duck-like body, brownish and white plumage, long neck, short wings, no tail, and large, flattened toes furnished with lobate membranes serving the purpose of webs. Most of its life is spent in fresh water  lakes and ponds, but in winter and during migration, it often resorts to the sea. It is an excellent diver. The nest is made of rushes and other aquatic plants and usually floats on the water, being loosely anchored to weeds and grass. It is found in nearly all parts of Europe and Asia.

Great Crested Grebe

The Great Crested Grebe (Lophæthyia cristata) is a fresh-water, migratory, diving bird of the family…

"The comb is made of wax, found in various plants, but which is also secreted by the bees themselves in organs situated under the abdominal base, and suspended perpendicularly by one of their sides. Empty spaces are left to permit of the bees reaching every part." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

honey-comb

"The comb is made of wax, found in various plants, but which is also secreted by the bees themselves…

"The Hornets resemble the Wasps in their habits, but but they are noted for their spitefulness and the acute pain inflicted by their stings. There are many species, some building a nest of paper-like materials, and attaching it to the limb of a tree, as is customary with certain European species." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Hornets and Nest

"The Hornets resemble the Wasps in their habits, but but they are noted for their spitefulness and the…

"The <em>Humble-bees</em>, or as they are often called in this country, the <em>Bumble-bees</em> are of many species, but they all resemble the common honey-bee in their habits." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Interior of the Humble-Bee's Nest

"The Humble-bees, or as they are often called in this country, the Bumble-bees are…

A pair of topaz hummingbirds, with their nest and eggs.

Topaz Hummingbird

A pair of topaz hummingbirds, with their nest and eggs.

A picture depicting a multitude of hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds

A picture depicting a multitude of hummingbirds.

A trio of hummingbirds resting on a branch, one of which is in a nest.

Hummingbirds

A trio of hummingbirds resting on a branch, one of which is in a nest.

An illustration of the Hussar fish which is nest building fish which can be found in the Sea of Galilee. Hussar fish build protective nest for their young and are also known to carry their young in their mouths when they feel threatened. This Hussar is taking its young into its mouth for protection.

Hussar Fish and Young

An illustration of the Hussar fish which is nest building fish which can be found in the Sea of Galilee.…

A group of blue jays attacking a nest and eating eggs.

Blue Jays

A group of blue jays attacking a nest and eating eggs.

A clump of leaves in the grass.

Leaves

A clump of leaves in the grass.

A flock of mocking-birds attacking a rattlesnake in a tree, which was threatening a nest.

Mockingbirds attacking a rattlesnake

A flock of mocking-birds attacking a rattlesnake in a tree, which was threatening a nest.

A nest, containing four speckled eggs.

Nest

A nest, containing four speckled eggs.

An illustration of a hummingbird nest with two week old hummingbirds.

Hummingbird Nest

An illustration of a hummingbird nest with two week old hummingbirds.

An illustration of a hummingbird nest.

Hummingbird Nest

An illustration of a hummingbird nest.

An illustration of a Phoebe's nest in a box. The genus Sayornis is a small group of medium-sized insect-eating birds in the Tyrant flycatcher family Tyrranidae native to North and South America. They prefer semi-open or open areas. These birds wait on a perch and then catch insects in flight, also sometimes picking them up from the ground. Their nest is an open cup sometimes placed on man-made structures. They often slowly lower and raise their tails while perched.

Phoebe's Nest

An illustration of a Phoebe's nest in a box. The genus Sayornis is a small group of medium-sized insect-eating…

A tier of nests with a broody coop on top.

Tier of Nests

A tier of nests with a broody coop on top.

A pair of golden orioles with their nest and eggs.

Golden Oriole

A pair of golden orioles with their nest and eggs.

The horneo oven-bird, which builds its nest out of clay, straw, and dried vegetation.

Hornero Ovenbird

The horneo oven-bird, which builds its nest out of clay, straw, and dried vegetation.

A female pelican feeding its young fish.

Pelican feeding its young

A female pelican feeding its young fish.

Also known as the kinglet, the golden-crested regulus is found throughout Europe and is noted for its cup-shaped nest of moss and feathers.

Golden-Crested Regulus

Also known as the kinglet, the golden-crested regulus is found throughout Europe and is noted for its…

"For ingenious construction, instigated by affection for its progeny, there is nothing to compare to the work of the Sociable Weaver-bird, or Republican-bird, as it is sometimes called."

Nest of Sociable or Republican Birds

"For ingenious construction, instigated by affection for its progeny, there is nothing to compare to…

The soui-manga and its nest.

Soui-Manga and Nest

The soui-manga and its nest.

"Another remarkable member of the Araneidae is the Diving Spider, <em>Argyroneta aquatica</em>, which weaves itself a curious little bell-shaped dwelling at the bottom of the water, to which it retires to devor its prey." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Spider, diving

"Another remarkable member of the Araneidae is the Diving Spider, Argyroneta aquatica, which…

"A few fish, however, form a sort of nest for the protection of their eggs and young; and in some instances, the male remains as a guard over the fry until they have acquired sufficient strength and agility to venture forth into the world. The little sticklebacks, common in ponds, furnish and interesting example of the exercise in this instinct" &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Sticklebacks and Nest

"A few fish, however, form a sort of nest for the protection of their eggs and young; and in some instances,…

"Hornets and wasps and their structures." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Structures of hornets and wasps

"Hornets and wasps and their structures." — Goodrich, 1859

Nest of the common European swallow, which can be found in old wells and mines, under the roofs of barns and sheds, in belfries, and sometimes in the fork of a dead tree.

Nest of the Common European Swallow

Nest of the common European swallow, which can be found in old wells and mines, under the roofs of barns…

The esculent swallow's nest is prized among the Chinese as a delicacy. It is native to many parts of Asia.

Esculent Swallow

The esculent swallow's nest is prized among the Chinese as a delicacy. It is native to many parts of…

The tailor-bird makes its nest by weaving it together with living leaves.

Tailorbird

The tailor-bird makes its nest by weaving it together with living leaves.

A bird perched on a branch of a tree below her nest.

Tree

A bird perched on a branch of a tree below her nest.

The nest of the Reed Warbler

Warbler Nest

The nest of the Reed Warbler

The cisticole warbler, shown with its purse-shaped nest.

Cisticole Warbler

The cisticole warbler, shown with its purse-shaped nest.

"Warbler is a popular name often applied to well-known singing birds of northern climes, whose notes are heard in wood, and hedge, and orchard, many of which commonly receive other popular names, as the blackcap, nightingale, hedgesparrow, redbreast, redstart, stonechat, wheatear, whitethroat, etc., while many receive the name warbler with some adjunct&ndash; reed warbler, etc. The more typical genera comprise birds of small size and plain plumage, usually alike in both sexes; most of them are migratory, going a long way S. of their breeding haunts to winter. Numerous species of warblers are found in North America, as suburban and country residents know, when the sunshine of May ushers in the summertime. They are birds of brighter plumage than the Old World warblers, but resemble them in their habits, and are also migrants."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Nest of Reed Warbler

"Warbler is a popular name often applied to well-known singing birds of northern climes, whose notes…

The subterranean nest of the common wasp.

Wasp Nest

The subterranean nest of the common wasp.

Nests of the Bengal weaver-bird, which adds a new one to the bottom of the previous season's every year.

Nests of the Bengal weaver-bird

Nests of the Bengal weaver-bird, which adds a new one to the bottom of the previous season's every year.