Wood Wasps

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Wood Wasps
Wood wasp is a name given to various and unrelated families of Symphyta that have one thing in common. As larva, they all live in dead wood. An example of a wood wasp would be a Greater Horntail whose larva feed on dead wood. As adults, the Greater Horntail looks very impressive while being rather large at 40mm's in length and having a long needle at the tip of their abdomen. It looks very dangerous, however the long needle is not a sting as they are harmless. Instead, the needle looking ovipositor is used for laying eggs in the trunks of dead coniferous trees. They are common around the UK and found near coniferous wood from May till October. The larva of a Greater Horntail will feed on tree wood for between two to four years before changing into an adult.

The life cycle of a wood wasp begins with the female inserting her ovipositor into a piece of wood that is dead or dying and very weak. She then lays up to 7 eggs that will hatch in 3 to 4 weeks time. Once the eggs have hatched, the larvae tunnel further into the wood travelling parallel to the grain. As the larva chews the wood, it uses a spine at the tip of its abdomen to push its way forward. The larva first feeds on the softer wood just under the bark before moving into the harder wood closer to the centre of the piece of wood. The larvae then moves bake to the softer wood under the bark to finish feeding. The wood wasp larvae feed for between 2 to 4 years while go through 4 to 5 stages before becoming an adult wood wasp. When the larvae is ready to pupate, it will do so for up to 6 weeks before chewing its way out of the piece of wood it was laid.

Different Types of Wasps - Hornets
There are many different types of wasps - hornets which can be found in every region of the world. The following articles details facts and information about many different types of wasps - hornets. There are also facts and information about the size of the different types of wasps - hornets, the habitat in which they live and an indication of how long they live. Everything you wanted to know about wasps - hornets, facts and info for kids, children and their teachers and for everyone interested in the facts about wasps - hornets.

Did You Know?
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  • Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
  • Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
  • Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
  • Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
  • Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
  • Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
  • Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
  • Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
  • Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
  • Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
  • Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
  • Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.
 

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