A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Worker


Beautiful! A real Queen!

Shmamaland

 

The Hardest Working Queen In the World…

Last summer I spent the better part of an hour just watching this little queen wasp  step and circle as she constructed her nest.  These wasps bite off wood fibers with their jaws from things like fences posts and plants.  The fibers mix with their saliva to create a pulp.  Once the wasp reaches the nest site she transfers the pulp to her front feet and pats it into layers to create waterproof cells where her eggs will be fertilized and the hatched larva can be fed and protected until they are mature and leave the nest.  Typically the whole nest is built by a single queen wasp.

Paper wasps are 0.7 to 1.0 inch (1.8 to 2.5 cm)-long wasps that gather fibers from deadwood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests…

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