What Does The Inside of A Wasp Nest Look Like?
What Does The Inside Of A Wasp Nest Look Like?
Ever wondered what the inside of a wasp nest looks like?
Before I became a pest control officer I used to often wonder about what the inside of a wasp nest looked like. I have just removed a small wasp nest from Ascot and thought I would take five minutes to take the wasp nest apart for you. The Images may not be of top quality as they have only been captured on my phone!
The image of the wasp nest below is the wasp nest that you will see the inside of in the images throughout this post!
The image shows a couple of “worker wasps” on the outside of the paper wasp nest, these are building the nest while other worker wasps will be feeding the yound and the queen! This paper wasp nest is approximately 6″-7″ diameter (fairly small).
In this image I have removed the papery material from around the outside of the wasp nest, this is used to protect against weather and to help insulate the nest! Wasp nest found out side will have a thicker insulating layer than wasp nests in lofts! (clever stuff). Now the honeycomb (brood cells) have been reveled in a layered effect, These layers of honey comb get bigger and there will become more and more layers as the wasp season goes on! The wasps honeycomb is actually quite strong this is due to the design of the honey comb, hence why we have honeycomb walls today! The queen wasp lays her eggs in this honey comb and the worker wasps will rear the baby wasp grubs! The brood cells with a little white cap have hatching eggs in,the cells that have a little grubs head poking out are larger wasp grubs! These will be being feed meat from dead animals, insects etc. They have tiny working mouth parts to aid cutting food even at this age!
This image shows the wasps honeycomb in a bit more detail! You are able to see the wasps brood cells, capped brood and even the biting mouth parts of the baby wasps! The empty cells are where the worker wasps have hatched from!
This image is the three layers of brood cell found in the wasp nest! I have found brood cell layers up to 1.2-1.4m in diameter! These larger nest contain a huge amount of wasps, up to 10,000.
I hope you have found these images interesting and informative, if anyone would like to have the images emailed in a larger file size I would be more than happy to send them!
If you are in need of wasp nest removal please visit the link below to DKG Pest Control’s website! If you would like to speak to one of our pest control officers about a wasp nest please call Wokingham (01189) 680 841