A Wasp is an insect and there are many varieties. The common wasp will, like bees, aggressively defend its nest. But unlike bees, which die after stinging, the common wasp can sting multiple times. This makes its sting viable for personal defence when away from the colony, and the common wasp is therefore more apt to sting. However, it will usually not sting without being provoked by sudden movement or other violent behaviour.
Wasps are seasonal pest insects, with their queen emerging from hibernation in spring; rapidly start building the nest and the wasp queen lays her first eggs. Nests are often excavated in dry soil or built in roof gaps. Although recent years have seen wasps becoming active in early April or May, the first worker wasps usually emerge in early summer months, usually in June.
During the warm summer season these insects focus on the construction of the nest whilst the queen continues to lay reaches about 2000. Other males are developed to fertilise the new queens.
Autumn is mainly the mating season between the males and queens and sees the social degeneration of the nest, as the workers may not return. During the cold season, the queen hibernates and all the males and worker wasps die. The complex nest is made redundant and never re-used, although it has been known for an adjacent nest to be built, so extra attention should be paid when removing old nests, especially during active seasons.
- 4 transparent wings
- Noticeable “waist” between thorax and abdomen.
- Bright black and yellow bands
- Length ranges from 10-12mm
Habits and behaviour:
- Nests can be found in roof spaces, wall cavities, trees etc.
- Some nests can become very large
- Colonies only survive one season
- Can be aggressive if threatened
Sightings of continuous activity, coming and going to one or more entry/exit point
- In the UK wasp nests only last for one year, but the queens hibernate over the winter and create new nests in the following year.
- The nests themselves can consist of thousands of workers which construct a complex nest, often in roof spaces, which is made out of chewed up wood.