A golden paper
wasp in my garden.
subspecies have more black in their markings.
The nest of the paper wasp is an open comb hanging from a small stem on the under side of the eaves, or any overhanging protection. The nest is started by the queen, as the season progresses she has an increasing number of workers to help.
The paper wasp
gets its name from
fact that it builds its nest out of paper made from wood fibers. This
stake was shiny smooth before the wasps used it for a source of wood
A wasp hunting
among the mint for
caterpillars with which to stock the larval cells in its nest.
This an old
paper wasp nest which
fallen off the eaves.
This is a larger
paper wasp nest under the eaves. In the lower right corner you
can see the head of a wasp just emerging from its pupa.
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