Common Wasps

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Common Wasps
The most common wasp people come into contact with is the Vespula Vulgaris. Common wasps have a yellow head that has a black top, the thorax is black with yellow along the sides, the abdomen is yellow with different sized black bands around it, the antennae are black and the legs yellow. Common wasps grow to around 19 millimetres in length with females being larger than male wasps. Common wasps can be found in many places such as your garden and many other outside places. Nests are constructed from paper that they produce by harvesting wood from trees or even your garden furniture. The wood is then chewed by the wasp and mixed with its saliva to create a paper material used in construction. Around 10,000 wasps may live in a single nest at a time. Common places for the common wasp to build a nest are in a hole such as one left behind by a rodent, garden shed or in a house attic.
The common wasps activities are much like any other wasps. The common wasp queen begins its life searching for mates and stores sperm collected. The queen then finds an appropriate place to hibernate over the winter months.

At the first sight of spring, the queen will emerge from her winter hiding place and search for a place to start building her nest. Once a place has been found, she begins by building a small paper nest and lays a few eggs in it. These eggs will hatch into worker wasps who are sterile female common wasps. They then take over the building of the nest and as the nest grows and more workers are born, the queens only job becomes the laying of eggs. During the begging of the wasps season, they feed on other insects that are pests. Then towards the end of there season they search for other food sources such as rubbish and sweet foods left by people. At the end of the season, the queen wasp lays eggs that will produce fertile male common wasps and fertile queen common wasps that will hatch and continue the cycle the following year. When winter hits, the queen and her workers die leaving only the new queens for 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.

Different Types of Wasps - Hornets
There are many different types of wasps - hornets which can be found in every region of the world. The following articles details facts and information about many different types of wasps - hornets. There are also facts and information about the size of the different types of wasps - hornets, the habitat in which they live and an indication of how long they live. Everything you wanted to know about wasps - hornets, facts and info for kids, children and their teachers and for everyone interested in the facts about wasps - hornets.

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