|Our found hive. After investigation we found out it was a wasp nest.|
|Magnifying Glass-an important tool for observations|
|This is out of focus but the little thing on paper is a bee exoskeleton (later we found out an unhatched bee)|
|The small black thing we found out was decomposing and dying larvae.|
- The nest belonged to a honeycomb wasp
- The paper surrounding is actually scrapings of wood that the queen bee attains from fences, sheds, carports, etc-not trees! She then mixes it with her saliva to make a paste. There is a type of wax component because it is waterproof.
- Although it is called a honeycomb wasp that is for the shape of the hive. They do not make honey. Each comb holds one egg, that hatches to be a worker bee larvae
- The wasp in North America is called a Yellow Jacket.
Did you learn something? We sure did!