What do paper wasps look like?
- Size: 3/4 - 1.5 inches
- Color: Mostly brown with some yellow coloration
- Body Structure: Head, thorax, abdomen, stinger, wings
Characteristics of paper wasps
Paper wasps are semi-social insects that live in colonies that contain workers, queens and males. Each spring, fertilized queens select nesting sites and begin building nests. Eggs are laid singly in cells and hatch into legless grub-like larvae that develop through several stages (instars) before pupating. Cells remain open until developing larvae pupate. Sterile worker wasps assist in building the nest, feeding young, and defending the nest. Each paper wasp nest contains up to 30 adults and in late summer, queens stop laying eggs and the colony soon begins to decline. In the fall, mated female offspring of the queen seek overwintering sites. The remainder of the colony does not survive the winter.
When are paper wasps most active?
What does a paper wasp nest look like?
Paper wasps build and live in paper-like nests made from wood fibers that have been chewed into a pulp. A distinguishing feature is that their nests are shaped like an upside-down umbrella.
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