REMARKS ON THE HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE WOOD PAPER-MAKING WASPS

William Couper
1870 Canadian Entomologist  
The history of the wasps of temperate America has not been recorded. It appears that entomologists have no great desire to study those interesting insects; and although several species occur in Canada, we know little or nothing of their natural history. One species, the spotted wood wasp (Vespa maculata, Linn.), occurs commonly, as near as I can determine, about every third year, in our northern woods. Havinq partially studied its habits, and collected a series of the nests in all their stages,
more » ... n all their stages, it is particularly in regard to the latter that I claim attention. But before I proceed to relate what I have ascertained regarding their architecture, it will suffice to state that each large nest which we notice suspended from trees towards the end of summer consisted of a colony of males, females and workers or imperfect females, as they are termed.
doi:10.4039/ent249-4 fatcat:p3sr7kgugzfzrmptazb2axhene