Most reactions to a sting are mild to moderate and do not involve a severe allergy. Severe allergic sting reactions are treated with epinephrine adrenalineeither self-injected or by a doctor. However, some symptoms that develop after a bee sting signal a severe allergic reaction and need urgent medical attention.
In North America, these wasps are most commonly known as yellowjacketsbut this name also applies to species within the sister genus Dolichovespula. Members of Vespula are often confused with other genera, especially the paper wasp Polistes dominula.
The face of the common wasp does not have distinct dots. It is very similar to the common wasp V. German wasps also have black dots on their abdomens, while the common wasp's analogous markings are fused with the black rings above them, forming a different pattern.
However, the identification of a wasp as V. Distribution and habitat[ edit ] V.
German yellowjackets are known to be especially successful and destructive invaders of new territories. These wasps are polyphagous predators which feed on native arthropods, and because they are able to outcompete many other animals for food, they have caused considerable harm to the indigenous wildlife of areas which they have invaded.
For a given year, V. This normally leads to a bottleneck effect during the establishment of new populations, which explains the significant genetic differentiation often found among geographically distant populations.
The majority of nests are found in the soil below ground. A significant portion of nests are found in artificial structures such as atticsand a small portion are found above ground.
These cells are used to house one wasp through the immature stages of life: The colony grows rapidly during the summer with a huge increase in worker numbers and nest size.
By the end of summer, the rate of growth slows considerably and more males are produced than workers, and the focus is shifted from building small cells to building cells that are percent larger.
These new cells house the new queens and males. In the fall, the new queens begin hibernation, while the old queens die off and the colony collapses.
In some cases, the nests may survive through the winter and reach the next season. If this occurs, the nest will become polygynous and reach a much larger size than in the previous year.
Average colonies in Australia contain over small workers and large queen and male cells. By the end of May, colonies in Australia have 15, wasps emerging from small cells and wasps emerging from the large cells. This demonstrates how V. Temporal polyethism is a mechanism in which workers specialize on tasks in a sequential order throughout their lives, instead of performing numerous tasks concurrently.
The typical order of tasks in V. Approximately 61 percent of the wasps observed perform more than two of these tasks during their lifetimes. Additionally, about 40 percent of the wasps specialize on only one task per day, but these individuals varied with respect to age and sequence of task performance.
The schedule of temporal polyethism found in V. Vespula workers may not live long enough to benefit from a strict system of worker specialization in which workers repeatedly perform one task.
The queens mate with a moderate number of males, usually between one and seven, with no optimal number of mates. In addition, mating events are independent of each other, which discredits the hypothesis that queens terminate mating behavior after mating with a male that possesses an optimal set of attributes.
In some nests, however, the workers produce male offspring. Worker reproduction has been documented in other Vespula wasp colonies, but usually only after the death of the queen.
However, workers of V. They are extremely efficient at both hunting for small, live food sources as well as collecting from large stationary sources. Cognitive plasticity[ edit ] The ability to relocate previously discovered food sources is only one example of the diverse cognitive mechanisms at play within V.Bees, wasps, hornets, ground bees, these are just a few of the stinging insects found in New Jersey.
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What Are Red Wasps? The red wasp is a particular type of paper wasp. Like other paper wasps, red wasps build papery, umbrella-esque nests that are made up of honeycomb-like cells.
Each nest houses a single queen wasp whose job it is to lay eggs for the rest of the colony and a number of female wasp . Warm weather brings swarms of buzzing insects — and the threat of getting stung, especially if there’s a bee or wasp nest near your home.
Insect stings cause more than half a million emergency room visits each year, according to National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
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