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Video: How a wasp sees the world

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A ground-nesting wasp makes a predictable maneuver every time she leaves home: She turns back to gaze at her nest, a hole the size of a pencil eraser on bare soil. Only then does she fly away in search of provisions, gaining height and distance in a series of ever larger arcs. Scientists call these maneuvers, which ground-nesting bees also perform, learning flights; they’ve known for more than 80 years that these trips follow a remarkably precise pattern, and that the wasps make nearly identical moves on their return journeys.

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