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Wasp(s)

Wasp(s)
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There are over 30,000 wasp species that fall into two categories.

Solitary Wasps live and operate alone, are generally parasitic, do not construct nests, they use their venom to hunt and are widely used in agriculture to kill insect pests. Parasitic wasps deposit eggs into a host (pest insect), larva live in the host until they pupate are emerge as adults, the host then dies. Examples: Mud Daubers, Cicada Killers, pollen wasps.

Social Wasps exist in colonies and build nests. Each fall the colony dies and the fertile queen hibernates and starts a new colony in the spring. They usually feed on fruit nectar and carrion. Nests are usually built in warm sunny areas because wasps have trouble flying below 50°F. Nest are usually made from wood fibers and saliva.
Wasps are able to sting repeatedly as they do not leave their stinger in their target.