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Adult workers measure approx 12-17mm from head to abdomen whereas the queen measures in at approx 20mm
Has aposematic colouring of black and yellow
Has a sting capable of delivering a sting a person or object it deems to be life threatening, multiple times.
Nests can often be found in the eaves of buildings, within attic areas and also within the wall cavities of properties
Wasps often use air bricks and vent weep holes to access the wall cavities, removal of nests if this is the case is not always possible, however once treated it is best practice to carry out correct proofing, by installing a mesh guard etc., to prevent this reoccurring in the next cycle of wasp activity the following year
Use pulped wood to construct the nests throughout the year as the colony grows internally as does the nest.
Requires sugar to gain their energy, which they obtain from nectar or fresh or processed fruits -
There are 5 distinguishable stages to the Common Wasp colony cycle, these are;
Stage 1 - solitary stage - this involved the queen only. After identifying the perfect location for her nest she will then begin to build (using pulped wood), provisions for the cells and rears the first brood of workers
Stage 2 - Rapid Increase in numbers - the workers replace the queen in foraging tasks. The Queen then takes her place within the nest as nurse and egg producer. There is a very rapid increase in worker population
Stage 3 - Slow Increase in numbers - the rate at which the population grows is no longer as rapid as found in Stage 2.
Stage 4 - Halt on growth - worker population no longer increases. The cells being built at this stage are all queen cells. Males emerge and foraging work rate increases.
Stage 5 - decline - most likely as a result of the death or sickness of the queen. Colony cohesion breaks down, where as cannibalism also sets in with foraging becoming sporadic and at times erratic
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