Females emerge in spring and start feeding and building nests.
Paper wasps are a social wasp consisting of small colonies of 12-20 individuals.
Adult wasps feed on nectar and make ‘paper’ nests by mixing saliva and wood fibres.
Nests are a nursery where larvae are kept one to each cell.
The larvae are fed on chewed-up caterpillars caught by the adults.
The cells are then capped and the larvae pupate. Most paper wasps die in autumn or winter, while some hibernate to start new nests next season.
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