A Wasp’s Lifecycle – Wasp Nests During Winter

Read all about wasp’s life cycle and discover reasons why you need to consider wasp removal Toronto. There is a wide variety of wasp species and the reproduction of this insect depends on the species or sub-group that it falls under.

The queen wasp has the longest average lifespan of 12 months, and this duration is especially long when compared to that of the drones or worker wasps that ranges anywhere between one to two months.

wasp nestThe new queen is the only fertile female that mates with the last few males of her precedent colony. She goes into hibernation for the whole of winter and during this period, she produces unfertilized eggs that develop into male wasps.

Once the winter months are through and spring begins, the queen wasp leaves her hibernation spot and sets out to look for a safe and sturdy place to build her nest. She gathers wood from nearby trees and chews on it to mix it with her saliva and form a strong paper-pulp like substance. She uses this to create the beginning of the nest, which includes cell structures for her eggs and larvae.


The male wasps produced by her are only responsible for fertilizing the queen, so she can keep laying eggs to expand her colony. The queen lays fertilized eggs that develop into female wasps. These females tend to the queen’s eggs and larvae and also protect the nest from intruders and predators. The size of a wasp colony can range anywhere between a few hundreds to even 10,000 individual wasps.

Towards the end of the summer season, the queen produces special eggs that develop into virgin male and female wasps. These wasps leave the nest to further mate and start nest colonies of their own. The old male, female and queen die and the nest is left abandoned.

While the lifecycle of a wasp seems intriguing, these insects have proved themselves as invasive and belligerent pests when they build their colonies close human homes and businesses. Their capability to impart nasty stings, as well as the possible complications arising from these stings, are all reasons to make sure that if you have a wasp colony in close proximity, the best way to avoid trouble is to get rid of it in a safe manner.

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