Hornet Wasps

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Hornet Wasps
A hornet wasp can grow as large as 40mm and look rather menacing. They are in fact rather docile and will only attack to defend them selves and there nest. While being larger in size, they also have a bigger stinger that has been considered to be no worse than a normal wasps sting. This large stinger of theirs is mainly used for catching there prey consisting of other insects and what we may consider pests. There prey is then chewed up and feed to the queens larva. Hornet wasps are beneficial as they catch and eat other insects that are pests in the garden who eat vegetables, flowers and plants. Adult hornet wasps have also been seen eating spiders and queens often feed on tree sap and nectar during the time they lay eggs and also before they hibernate for the winter.

Hornet wasps are much like normal wasps but much larger. Hornet wasps are also a chestnut brown colour with yellow markings were a wasp is black with yellow markings. The colours are used to warn of predators and to indicate they are poisonous. Hornet wasps are a very social insect who live together in a nest made from paper. The nest are normally built in the hollow of a tree although they have been found nesting in cavity walls and guttering. Hornet wasps nest are built much like normal wasps nest, from rotten and normal wood that has been chewed and mixed with saliva. This creates a mouldable pulp that is used in nest building.
The life cycle of a hornet wasp is much like a normal wasp. The queen hibernates during the winter with most of the other hornet wasps such as the workers dieing of. Then at the beginning of the summer, they look for a place to begging building there own nest and start the 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.

Different Types of Wasps - Hornets
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