Common Wasp

The wasp is a common sight in gardens during warmer weather, and is regarded by many as an annoying threat to a summer picnic. Queen wasps look similar to the worker wasps, but are larger in size.

Common Wasp

Description of the Common Wasp

Scientific Name: Vespula vulgaris
Colour: Striped black and yellow
Length: 12-17mm
Lifespan 1 year; all but the queen die off in the winter

Reproduction of the Common Wasp

A solitary queen starts the nest by laying a small number of eggs. These are fed by her when they hatch, until they develop into mature wasps. These worker wasps eventually take over the duties of maintaining the nest, allowing the queen to spend all her time laying eggs. This continues throughout the summer.
During late summer, larval queens are produced, ready to build nests the following year.

Diet of the Common Wasp

The Common Wasp collects insects in order to feed the larvae, and the adults eat sweet fruit and nectar.

Habitat of the Common Wasp

The Common Wasp builds a papery nest made of chewed wood fibres mixed with saliva. This provides a home for the colony for a single summer. The nest is not reused in succeeding years.

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