Day by day with more and more working hornets being produced, the nest gets larger with new cells being added. An envelope is also created around the nest with a single entry hole. Towards the end of the hornets season and at their peak, a nest may contain as many as 700 working hornets. At this stage, the queen hornet produces eggs that will hatch and transform into fertile queen hornets and males who will continue the life cycle. Adult males die after mating while female workers and queens surviving until the middle of autumn with only fertilized queen hornets surviving winter.
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.