"Baby" Wasp Emerges from Cell in Paper Nest

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by Sherie Sadlier

Wasps go through four stages of development: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The queen yellow jacket wasp can lay thousands of eggs. Each egg is laid in an individual cell within the paper type nest. The average life span from egg to adult is one season. Though this tiny wasp looks almost infantile and sweet, all wasps have a built in alarm and if attacked or killed will release a smell that alerts other wasps that come to help. Yellow jackets can sting repeatedly and are aggressive!

Location: Austin, Texas


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