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.