WASP HABITS AND BIOLOGY
Around the *beginning of spring queen wasps will come out of hibernation and start constructing a nest out of chewed bark and start laying eggs.The queen continues to lay eggs throughout the summer until early autumn, worker wasps will take over the construction and and food gathering duties,by which time the nest can contain 3,000 to 5,000 individuals.
The largest wasps' nest ever recorded was in New Zealand and measured 3.7 m long and was probably made by German wasps.During the later part of the summer the nest produces fertile males and new young queens who emerge and mate. The males die and the now fertilised queens fly away to find somewhere to hibernate for the winter Nest are *commonly found in roof spaces, cavities in walls and trees.
Wasps are distinguishable from bees by their pointed lower abdomens and the narrow "waist," called a petiole, that separates the abdomen from the thorax.
They come in every colour imaginable, from the familiar yellow to brown, metallic blue, and bright red, however in the UK we mostly deal with (Vespula vulgaris) and German Wasps (Vespula germanica)
All wasps build nests, ranging in size and styles
Fun wasp trivia
With its powerful sting and familiar appearance, the wasp has given its name to many ships, aircraft and military vehicles.
Nine ships and one shore establishment of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Wasp, the first an 8-gun sloop launched in 1749.
Eleven ships of the United States Navy have similarly borne the name USS Wasp, the first a merchant schooner acquired by the Continental Navy in 1775.The eighth of these, an aircraft carrier, gained two Second World War battle stars, prompting Winston Churchill to remark "Who said a Wasp couldn't sting twice?"
In the Second World War, a German self-propelled howitzer was named Wespe, while the British developed the Wasp flamethrower from the Bren Gun Carrier.
In aerospace, the Westland Wasp was a military helicopter developed in England in 1958 and used by the Royal Navy and other navies.The AeroVironment Wasp III is a miniature UAV developed for United States Air Force special operations.