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Wasp Life Cycle: Wasps have a complex life cycle that typically includes four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The queen wasp lays eggs in cells within the nest, and the eggs hatch into larvae. The larvae are fed by the adults and eventually pupate before emerging as adult wasps.

Nesting Wasps: Different species of wasps build different types of nests. For example, paper wasps build open, umbrella-shaped nests made of paper-like material, while yellow jackets build nests underground or in other enclosed spaces. Mud daubers build nests out of mud.

Diet: Adult wasps feed on nectar and other sugary substances. However, they also hunt insects and other arthropods to feed their larvae. This predatory behavior makes wasps beneficial as they help control insect populations.

Stinging Wasps: Female wasps have stingers that they use to defend themselves and their nests. When a wasp stings, it injects venom that can cause pain, swelling, and allergic reactions in some people.

Behavior: Wasps are social insects, and many species live in colonies with a queen, workers, and sometimes drones (males). The queen is responsible for laying eggs, while the workers take care of the nest, forage for food, and protect the colony.

Habitat: Wasps can be found in various habitats in Ohio, including forests, fields, gardens, and urban areas. They often build nests in sheltered locations, such as under eaves, in bushes, or underground.

Interaction of Wasps with Humans: While wasps play important roles in ecosystems, they can also come into conflict with humans, especially when they build nests near homes or other structures. It's important to exercise caution around wasps to avoid getting stung.



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