All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Paper wasp</strong>  
<em>Polistes fuscatus</em>
Paper wasp nests can be dangerous because these colonial insects protect their nests aggressively. Only the queen lays eggs, her daughters build the nest, hunt for and feed their baby sisters (...
Paper wasp
Polistes fuscatus
Paper wasp nests can be dangerous because these colonial insects protect their nests aggressively. Only the queen lays eggs, her daughters build the nest, hunt for and feed their baby sisters (larvae). The white capped cells in this photo contain pupating wasps. Much to the boys' dismay, they are surprised to learn that only female insects can sting. I love to throw out that little fact in my classes! It is especially fun when I'm teaching at a school where the team mascot is a Hornet or Yellowjacket! :)

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