Hymenoptera

Paper Wasp

Highlights

  • Speed: Asian giant hornet: 40 km/h
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Wingspan: Asian giant hornet: 7.6 cm
  • Family: Vespidae
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Length: Asian giant hornet: 5.5 cm, Asian hornet: 2 cm, European hornet: 1.8 – 2.4 cm

Paper wasps are vespid wasps that gather fibres from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva and use to construct water-resistant nests made of a gray or brown papery material. Some types of paper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests.

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