Latest Paper wasp Stories
Future queen or tireless toiler? A paper wasp's destiny may lie in the antennal drumbeats of its caretaker.
Social status in paper wasps is established earlier in life than scientists thought, says a study published this month in the journal PLoS ONE.
They are both nest-building social insects, but paper wasps and honey bees organize their colonies in very different ways.
Standing out in a crowd is better than blending in, at least if you're a paper wasp in a colony where fights between nest-mates determine social status.
Thereâ€™s new evidence supporting the idea that bigger brains are better. A study of a tropical wasp suggests that the brainpower required to be dominant drives brain capacity.
Paper Wasps are social wasps and make up the genus Polistes. They form small colonies with umbrella-shaped nests in sheltered spots, and are quite mild-mannered. They feed on caterpillars and other soft-bodied insects, most of them pests. Despite the use of the proper name, most social wasps make nests from paper, although some tropical wasp species such as Listenogaster Flavolineata use mud, a far more easy resource for the wasp to collect. The larger colonial species, Yellowjackets,...
The Cicada Killer Wasp is a large, solitary wasp so named because is hunts cicadas and provisions its nest with them. In North America it is sometimes called the Sand Hornet, although it is not a hornet, which belong to the family Vespidae. Taxonomy The North American cicada killer wasps all belong to the genus Sphecius, of which there are 21 species worldwide. The four cicada-killing species in North America are: Sphecius speciosus (Drury, 1773), the Eastern Cicada Killer, occurs in...