The nest to begin with is very small with only a few eggs laid. These eggs will become working white wasps that will take over the job of expanding the nest, collecting food, protecting the nest and bringing up the young. The queen white wasps job becomes laying eggs only while the rest of the white wasps take care of everything else. Towards the end of the season, with the nest being at its largest, the queen lays eggs that will produce males for breeding and fertile females that will become queens the following year. Towards the end of the year, the newly hatched fertile queen white wasps leave the nest in search of males to mate with. Sperm collecting from mating is stored, ready to be used the following year. For the current nest, as winter approaches, the nest and all its inhabitancie including the queen, die. The young queen white wasps that have stored sperm find a place to hibernate over winter ready to begin the whole process again the following year.
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.