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Paper Wasp

Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

Paper Wasp: Polistes tepidus

  • This paper wasp species have nests formed of a single horizontal comb of hexagonal shaped paper-like cells attached to the support above by a short stalk.

  • The picture above shows the worker members of the social colony line the outer edge of the comb in a defence posture to guard their nest against predators.

  • The milky white eggs, which can be seen suspended within the cells, develop into paper wasp larvae.

  • Workers feed these grubs on chewed up caterpillars of other insects and, when fully fed, the larvae spin a silken cocoon about themselves in which they develop into adult colony members.

Additional Information: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey

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