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A game that allows people to build their own wasp society, toying with the limits of biology.

Players take on the persona of Polistes dominula, the European paper wasp, making life choices about where and how quickly to build a nest, how to allocate colony members to different jobs, and balancing the tasks of bringing in food, brood production and care. When environmental catastrophes hit, parasites arrive, or humans put you at risk, the resilience of the colony will be tested.

The game can be played online.

This project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and was developed collaboratively as part of a ‘Pathways to Impact’ on a research grant with Dr Seirian Sumner and FoAM lab Kernow.

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