November 2015 to March 2016 – Wasps in Hibernation

Every year each wasp colony dies out at the end of the season except for a number of fertilised females who are next year’s Queens and who leave the nest at this time to search for nice safe dry out of the way locations to hibernate over Winter.

They build small golf ball sized hibernation cocoons and sleep though to the next Spring when they will emerge from hibernation and start next year’s colonies.

In recent years there have been mild Winters and warm early Springs which have led to the Queens emerging quite early in the season, followed by severe cold snaps which have killed them off, fingers crossed that the weather is kinder to them this year.