Paper Wasps are True Beneficials

The name wasp may conjure images of gangling black insects with stingers that could pierce a car door. But the common paper wasp looks much closer to their bad reputation cousin, the yellow jacket. Yellow jackets can seasonally drive picnickers indoors as they pursue sweets and meat. Paper wasps generally keep their stingers in their own business. They are surprisingly tolerant of people (compared to people), but can punish the trespasser that lingers in the small no fly zone around their nest. Yellow jackets prefer underground tunnels, stumps and inside walls, while paper wasps like to hang their combs under the eaves. Only the pregnant queens awake from winter and build open celled pap

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