The queen wasp is the head honcho in any wasp colony. In fact, we can confidently conclude that she is the reason any of the other wasps are there in the first place. After all she gave birth to them all. Extermination experts will tell you that killing off the queen wasp at the right time can be the key to getting rid of the wasp colony. But that is easier said than done.
How do you find the queen wasp?
To find it you need to be able to identify it from all the other members of the colony. You know wasps can all look alike but the queen wasp is noticeably larger than the other wasps in her colony. She can be about a quarter inch larger in size. But the most distinctive feature in the queen wasp is her pointed abdomen which has her stinger. The presence of the stinger makes her look like she has a narrower waist than other wasps.
Her stinger is not any more potent than that of the other wasps but because it is larger it can cause a significantly more painful sting wound. They can also tend to be more brightly colored than the rest of the colony members.
Role of the queen wasp
The queen wasp is solely dedicated to the propagation of more wasps in order to keep her lineage and colony alive. She gives birth to the worker wasps that protect the colony and find food for the larvae. She also gives birth to the males that mate with other females to form new queens who start new colonies after the over wintering season.
She has a life expectancy of 12 months on average which is enough time to hatch several batches of eggs and continue the life span of her colony. She can lay up to 100 eggs per day producing 1500 new queens in her lifetime. Did you know that a wasp colony can have over 20,000 members? This is the reason why DIY wasp nest removal is discouraged by extermination experts. The risk of being stung and hurt very badly is very high with these numbers of wasps. In every nest there is always one queen wasp that is protected by other members of the colony.
How do queen wasps die?
The queen wasp and her colony thrive in the colder months because these over wintering months are conducive for mating, finding food and keeping safe by hibernation. But in the warm months the wasps find no nectar in the followers to feed on which leads to starvation. In fact, queen wasps die off because of starvation mostly.