Paper Wasp, Mischocyttarus spp.

Paper Wasp, Mischocyttarus spp. Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Paper Wasp
  • Order Name: Hymenoptera
  • Family Name: Vespidae

This Order of insects include sawflies, horntails, wood wasps, ensign wasps, Ichneumonids, fairyflies, fig wasps, chalcids, gall wasps, cuckoo wasps, yellow-faced bees, sweat bees, leafcutter bees, carpenter bees, honey bees, bumble bees, orchid bees, velvet ants, spider wasps, paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, mud-dauber wasps and ants.

These paper wasps from Indonesia are capable of delivering a painful sting in defense of their paper-chewed nests. Unlike some bees which generally lose their life after delivering their sting, wasps have a barbless stinger they can use on multiple occasion. A stinger is a retractable, modified egg-laying devise known as an ovipositor. Wasp larvae are fed prechewed caterpillars by adult wasps who receive a drop of saliva in return. Their wings are folded lengthwise over body at rest as they assume a threatening alertness to all nearby activities including insect photography. These wasps exhibit presocial cooperation between groups of fertile females. Their nests are open nest with clearly exposed larval chambers.