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