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Queen Wasp

The queen wasp is noticeably different from her workers by her size. Usually up to twice the size of the rest of her colony. Queens usually emerge around the middle of may, looking for suitable sites to build their nest. Loft spaces are the favourite site but others include sheds, garages, trees in cavity walls and sometimes in the ground. Once the queen wasp has found a suitable site, she then constructs a small nest, about the size of a golf ball and lays between 10-20 eggs which she tends herself. After these eggs have hatched and started to increase the size of the colony, the queen wasp does not leave the nest again until towards the end of the season, around august - september. When the weather starts to turn colder the queen wasp will find a suitable location to hibernate for the winter.

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