A wasp nest in our garden became dislodged during a windy spell. It gave me an opportunity to have a closer look at their intriguing life cycle
The queen wasp starts the nest by building a stalk. Around this she builds cells. The queen lays one egg into each cell. Larvae can be seen in some of the cells. The tiny wasp heads faces up. When the larvae are ready to pupate into adult wasps, they spin a silk cap over the top of the cell. Here they remain until they are ready to emerge as adults
The larvae in the cells are attended to by worker wasps. They feed the larvae. The queen will continue to lay eggs into the empty cells until the nest no longer serves it's purpose.