Paper wasps, or Umbrella Wasps are a varied species of wasps characterized by the open combs with cells for brood rearing, as well as a stalk that anchors the nest. They’re just natural architects. Most wasps of the family Vespidae make nests from paper, but some of the stenogastrine species use mud. These wasps are generally not very aggressive, and will only attack if feeling threatened, unlike their relatives, yellowjackets and hornets. Contrary to what most people believe, these insects don’t eat what their nest is made of. Instead, they eat nectar and other insects. Gardeners consider these little guys extremely beneficial because of it!
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