A Hornet's (Wasp) Nest

Each year, wasp build new nests. The old nests like the one in the photo are fragile and quickly fall apart during winter. Read HERE

More Resources:

Nebraska's Largest Yellow Jacket Nest?

Photos of Yellow Jackets and Nests from University of Nebraska

Stinging Wasp and Bees - University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension

Wasp Nest

Last spring, a mated queen wasp crawled out from under a stump where she spent the winter. After eating flower nectar and insects, the queen started this nest on a branch. She chewed up plant fibers and weathered wood to make the grey papery pulp for the first egg cells.

The queen reared the first brood herself. She looked for food and fed the growing larvae. In about a month these larvae became adult worker-daughters and took over cleaning, building and feeding chores for the next generation. The wasp population grew and the nest expanded all season as the workers added new layers of cells.

In late summer, the queen stopped laying eggs. Among the last generation, were both queens and males that developed in special cells. When they emerged, they mated and the queen crawled away into a hiding place under bark, in an old stump or under litter to spend the winter. The workers and males died before winter. (Source: Yellow Jackets - Integrated Pest Management - British Columbia

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