Hornets

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Hornets
Hornets are a very social wasps and very large wasps. Hornets can grow as large as 55 millimetres in length with true hornets being part of the genus Vespa. These true hornets are distinguished by the width of their vertex witch is the part of its body behind its eyes. The Vertex in true hornet is lager than its anteriorly gasters witch is the part of its body behind the hornets waist. The life cycle of a hornet is much like a wasps with the queen building a small nest. The queen hornet will build her nest in a dark sheltered place such as a tree trunk hollow. The queen hornet will build a few cells made from chewed wood fibres that are mixed with its saliva to create a paper like material. These cells are created in horizontal layers that are called combs with each individual cell being closed at the top. Each cell created will receive an egg laid into it by the queen. Between 5 and 8 days the egg hatches and produces a larvae that will go through 5 stages in 2 weeks before covering the entrance to its cell. During the 2 weeks of being a larvae, the queen hornet feeds the larvae on insects that are high in protein. After the 2 weeks the larvae spins a silk cap over the entrance to its cell. For a further 2 weeks the larvae will transform into an adult hornet. This transformation process is called metamorphosis. The newly developed hornet will then eat its way through the silk cap it spun in order to get out. This hornet will become one of many working hornets to be produced by the queen and will take over duties such as nest building and taking care of other larvae. The queen hornets job then changes with enough workers produced to only laying eggs while her working hornets build the nest and look after the young.

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.

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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