Why do wasps build nests? | Natural History Museum


We have millions of wasp specimens here, and
amongst all the pinned insects we also have a more surprising collection, which is that
of about 1,000 or so wasp nests. These range in size from tiny little clay
pots to huge paper nests that fill people’s lofts. One of our most exciting examples of that
is this wasp nest. This is by the common wasp Vespula vulgaris. This made its nest in a bowler hat in an
outhouse on Sir Walter Rothschild’s estate. This is a fantastic example of how wasps
can be very opportunistic, making their nests anywhere which is safe,with
structural support.

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