Wasps

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Order Hymenoptera

Appearance
  • Variety of shapes and colors
  • Can be distinguished from bees by their smooth bodies
  • 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch long
Diet
  • Spiders and soft-bodied insects
Habits
  • Exhibit predatory and scavenging behavior
  • Some species are solitary, while others live in colonies which may number thousands of individuals
Reproduction
  • Social wasps begin a nest with one queen laying all eggs for colony
  • If a queen dies, a worker can take over egg-laying function until colony produces new queen
Other Information
  • Very protective of their nests; will defend against invaders with painful stings