Developing German wasp in a brood cell

Developing German wasp in a brood cell

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A single brood cell within a nest of the German wasp (Vespula germanica). The nest is initiated in Spring by a fertilised female queen wasp. She lays fertilised eggs into the brood cells, and these hatch to produce sterile female workers. These first workers then assist the queen to enlarge the nest and provide food for subsequent batches of eggs. The nest is made from 'wasp paper', produced from wood fibres scraped from the surface of nearby fenceposts, outbuildings and dead wood. The picture shows a single brood cell, viewed from below and approximately 4mm across. The paper cap covering the cell has been removed, to reveal a developing worker wasp.

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Keywords: biological, biology, brood cell, german wasp, queen, vespula germanica, wasp, wasp nest, wasp paper, worker, zoological, zoology

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