The nest to begin with is
very small with only a few eggs laid. These eggs
will become working white wasps that will take
over the job of expanding the nest, collecting
food, protecting the nest and bringing up the
young. The queen white wasps job becomes laying
eggs only while the rest of the white wasps take
care of everything else. Towards the end of the
season, with the nest being at its largest, the
queen lays eggs that will produce males for
breeding and fertile females that will become
queens the following year. Towards the end of
the year, the newly hatched fertile queen white
wasps leave the nest in search of males to mate
with. Sperm collecting from mating is stored,
ready to be used the following year. For the
current nest, as winter approaches, the nest and
all its inhabitancie including the queen, die.
The young queen white wasps that have stored
sperm find a place to hibernate over winter
ready to begin the whole process again the
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
- 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.