Sunday, June 20, 2010
Today two of the paper wasp pupae (Polistes apachus) emerged as adults from their papery cells in the nest on my front porch. In these photos they are the two closest to the center of the nest. These are unmated females, whose eggs will develop into males to mate with other females who will overwinter and be the founders of next year's wasp nests.
You can see some tiny holes in the cap of another cell, evidence of another wasp itching to get out. And you can still see many larvae in the uncapped cells.