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The paper wasp is familiar to many home owners because of the open-
There are about two dozen species of paper wasps in North America. Nine species can be found in Florida.
They are social wasps, that is, queens and workers cooperate in caring for the nest. A typical queen over winters, makes a nest in spring, and rears the first small brood herself. The offspring will then help the queen to expand the nest and care for the next generation. They prey on caterpillars and beetle larvae. The prey is dismembered, pre-
The images on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County. The bottom two images show wasps sipping nectar on Shrubby False Buttonweed and Slender Flat-