Paper Wasps Facts
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Hymenoptera
- Suborder: Apocrita
- Family: Vespidae
- Subfamily: Polistinae, Stenogastrinae, and Vespinae
12 Paper Wasps Facts for Kids
- Paper wasp is a generic name for a group of social wasp species who are members of the Vespidae family.
- Some species of paper wasps are known as umbrella wasps.
- Paper wasps belong to three subfamilies under Vespidae, and they are Polistinae, Stenogastrinae, and Vespinae.
- There are over 1,100 species of wasps that are consider paper wasps.
- Paper wasps are social wasps and almost all species live in a wasp nest.
- Paper wasps construct their nest out of dead wood and plant materials. They mix these materials with their saliva to create a water-resistant nest. Paper wasp nests are usually gray or brown, depending on the materials they used.
- Paper wasp nests resemble open combs and do not enclose their nest. Chemicals released by paper wasps help keep potential predators away that would eat their eggs or brood.
- Paper wasp nests can be found in many different locations. They are common in sheltered areas, house eaves, trees, open pipes and in burrows in the ground.
- Most paper wasps are omnivores, feeding on both nectar and insects.
- Common prey for a paper wasp is beetle larva, flies and caterpillars.
- Paper wasps can be very aggressive and will defend their nest by stinging an intruder repeatedly.
- While aggressive, paper wasps can be beneficial because they prey on insects that are common pests in a garden.
Paper Wasps Pictures
A photo of a paper wasp and its nest.
Credit: Megan Asche
A photo of a red paper wasp nest.
Credit: Active Pest Control
A close-up photo of a paper wasp.
Additional Resources with Paper Wasps Facts
- Seven Paper Wasp Facts – Discover seven shocking facts about paper wasps on the Terminix website.
- Paper wasp – Learn more about the paper wasps (Vespid) on the Britannica website.
- Paper Wasp (Vespid) – Find more paper wasp facts and information on the Wikipedia website.