Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: What happens to wasp bees in winter?

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Name: Kayleigh
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HoosierHarvester
Oct 14, 2015 12:01 PM CST
I had a couple wasp combs in my frame greenhouse, and one in my mower shed. I am in and out of both of these sheds and these bees (or wasps if properly named, and they don't fall into the "bee" catagory) never bother me as long as I don't bother them or their comb nest. But I noticed yesterday that they were all gone. I'd never paid any attention before. Once they've finished nesting and all hatched out, do they remain in cold freeze zones and hybrinate someplace, or are they like some birds and fly south?
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Oct 28, 2015 4:01 PM CST
I've heard that only queens survive to overwinter, after the workers die out. Then, a new nest will be started eventually before spring. Now, I've occasionally seen wasps in the winter here in my area of Texas...not sure if that is only the queens foraging.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Oct 28, 2015 4:01 PM CST
Double post.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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Name: Kayleigh
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HoosierHarvester
Oct 28, 2015 4:13 PM CST
Thanks Linda for posting. I have forgotten all about making this post and asking that question. I did a little further study myself and found similar information. Wierd thing is, I now can't even remember how it was the queens survived the winter, whether in ground or what.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Nov 6, 2015 7:41 AM CST
At my house... The wasps like to hibernate in the walls.
One time I tore out part of an outside wall, and hundreds of wasps came spilling out...
Not sure that wasps have queens... I always figured that this years hunter/gatherer/soldier wasps became next years moms.
Bumble bees... On the other hand... I've found hibernating in holes in the ground...
Name: Kayleigh
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HoosierHarvester
Nov 6, 2015 8:37 AM CST
Well, I guess if in dormant mode, easily killed or gotten rid of. Doesn't sound good though. According to some other information online that I quickly read, it stated that only the drones (female workers) survive the winter (but I didn't see how or where the hide out), and then become a queen the following year. ??

Stone, what is that your cat/kitten has? Based on the thumbnail photo, I thought it was a snake.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Nov 6, 2015 11:20 AM CST
NOOOOOO.....
Wasps are valuable garden help!
I felt bad for the poor wasps & lady bugs... exposed to the chill winter temps and not able to move.... They did recover, though... plenny of warm days in the winter here in GA.

Cat has an eastern lubber grasshopper....
I caught the grasshopper for it.... Training it (the kitten), to be a mouser...

Here's one eating a cucumber...

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Name: Kayleigh
(Zone 5a)
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HoosierHarvester
Nov 6, 2015 11:43 AM CST
@stone now that's amazing. Although my one cat has been known to eat green beans cooked, but I thought that may have been because of the butter I had put on them.
Name: Kayleigh
(Zone 5a)
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HoosierHarvester
Nov 6, 2015 11:45 AM CST
Well, and I don't kill the wasp bees here, even in my greenhouse. But I really wouldn't want them in my house, so I'd probably kill them then.
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 3, 2016 7:38 PM CST
You have to draw a line somewhere I'm afraid wasps are not pets

That being said painful stings aside they are neat I once got 8000 points for an old wasp nest turned into the science museum

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