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

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