When the queen bee has enough workers, she will focus only on giving birth. During this time, the workers help the queen bee give birth and look after the fertilized eggs along with protecting the colony. With the colony growing in size, new female bees that hatch are now small queen bees. These smaller queen bees search for males to inseminate them with sperm in the same way as the first queen bee.
By the time the new smaller queen bees have grown and are able to lay eggs, the main queen bee will have reached the end of her life span and died.
From the queen bee first building her nest for her first eggs to the time she dies, happens during the summer time, ending in autumn. The fertile females that were hatched last and who have hopefully been inseminated by males will find a place to hibernate through the winter. During the first days of summer, they emerge and look for somewhere to build their first nest to start the hole wasp life cycle again.
Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?
- Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
- Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
- Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
- Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
- Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
- Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
- Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
- Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
- Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
- Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
- Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
- Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.