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When it comes to wasps it's all about the queen. She establishes colonies and lays the eggs. At the end of summer a nest can contain up to 5,000 wasps on average. If it has been a particularly hot summer this number can increase to around 10,000.
Usually the young queens come out of hibernation when the weather starts getting warmer. If the weather continues to stay fine they build a nest and lay their eggs. The first larvae they lay become sterile female workers who take over the hunting and feeding duties for the growing colony. The queen then restricts her activities to egg production.
Towards the end of the summer, she is at her peak and begins producing the next generation of queen wasps and males or drones. When these mature they leave the nest to mate with wasps from other colonies. As the weather cools, the male wasps die and the mated queens go into hibernation to get ready for building a new nest the following spring.