Concerning their behavior, wasps are divided into two groups: solitary and social. Solitary wasps include potter wasps, pollen wasps, and mud dauber wasps. These wasps will construct a nest, lay their eggs, then leave the nest and their young. Social wasps live in colonies that can have up to thousands of wasps, depending on the size of the nest. These colonies usually die each winter, except for the queen, who begins a new colony in the spring. Social wasps are typically more territorial than solitary wasps, which tend to be non-aggressive unless harmed or trapped.
Wasps dwell mainly in their nests, the design of which can vary based on the type of wasp. Mud wasps build their nests from mud, while the hornets and yellow jackets (social wasps) will build the familiar papery nests that hang from eaves and tree branches.
Depending on the type of the wasp, wasps will eat nectar, plants, fruit, honey, and small insects. The yellow jacket has been known to even eat “human food” like meat, in addition to insects and spiders.
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