Questions About Yellow Jacket Wasps
Everything you need to know about Yellow Jacket Wasps can be answered below.
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How Do I Recognize A Wasp?
They are about 12-17.5 mm in length; head, thorax, and abdomen black and yellow in colour.
Where Can I Find Wasps?
They usually nest underground, beneath a landscape timber, or in a rock wall or wall of a building, or at ground level in fallen logs and tree stumps, they can also be found under stairs, in fence posts, brick walls and discarded furniture, carpets, boxes, etc. Wasps are often found nesting in wall voids, attics, or crawl spaces, brick holes, around window frames etc.
What Is The Life Cycle Of A Wasp?
In the spring the fertilized female builds a small nest and begins laying eggs. She looks after her larvae until the first brood matures into female workers. As many as several thousand workers may be produced in a colony in one season. Males develop from unfertilized eggs toward the end of summer and mate. When cold weather arrives all the wasps, including the old queen, die except young mated females which over winter among leaf litter or in soil etc.
Are Wasps Dangerous?
Yes because they will sting when provoked or when they are protecting their nest.
What Do Wasps Feed On?
Adults feed on nectar and other insects, larvae are provided with pre-chewed insects and pieces of meat. Adults can become pests around outdoor eating areas and garbage cans because they are always scavenging for food scrapes. They also forage for sources of sugars or other carbohydrates, such as beer, fruit, and sweet beverages. As the new queens are produced in the colony in late summer, they demand sugars from the workers, which they forage aggressively for sources of sugar. During this time, they are very aggressive.
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