New adult wasp in nest of Polistes sp.

New adult wasp in nest of Polistes sp.

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Caption: Newly hatched wasp. Surface of the nest of the wasp Polistes sp., showing an adult newly hatched. Cells or chambers of the nest are seen. The newly formed adult bites its way through the lid of one of the cells, to emerge after its metamorphosis. The queen of the nest builds these hexagonal cells from chewed-up dry plant material mixed with saliva. After laying her eggs she feeds the hatched larvae on meat; fully formed larvae close each cell and spin a silk cocoon. Four to six weeks after the egg is laid the larva pupates to produce this infertile adult female worker, which helps to raise the next generation of wasps.

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Keywords: adult, animal, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, nest, polistes, polistes sp., type, wasp, wasp nest, wildlife, zoology

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