Wasps are considered to be one of the beneficial insects since they kill number of flies, caterpillar and some other insects. Though they are beneficial, they are considered as pest during the season of summer when they go in search of food and pamper their passion for sweet foods. They can cause hurting sting by inserting the poison into the victim by means of the egg laying tube of the females. Our body contains Histamine which reacts with the venom causing redness, flare and swelling in the skin.
Wasp comes in several species and some of these are up to 30mm in length. The one that differentiates mining bees from wasp is their pointed body and waist. Wasp nest can be found in trees, bushes, sheds, garages, houses etc. The common place for wasp to nest is roof spaces.
Queen wasp is much larger than the workers and will start a new nest every year. The Queen will bring the first kid of Worker wasp by herself and upon hatching these workers will carry on the structure of the nest. The size of nest will grow quicker with increase in number of workers.
Life Cycle of Wasp:
Wasp life cycle is divided into four stages. They are egg, larvae, pupa and adult stages. The eggs are first laid into the initial layer of the nest built by the Queen. They are cemented into place and the larvae will emerge that will hatch in a few days. They isolate themselves after full growth within the cell in order to pupate. The first making of workers wasps come out with completion of six weeks after the eggs are laid.
Males and some females are considered to be the worker wasp since they are not capable to reproduce. However the laid eggs will produce productive females throughout the late summer. These will mate and will be the only wasps that lie dormant over winter to be next year’s Queens. And the current year’s Queen and all the workers will expire with the beginning of colder weather.