Types of wasps: Pollen Wasp, Yellow Jackets, Hornets, Mud Wasps, Mud Daubers, Cicadas Killer Wasps (very large ground burroughs), Paper Wasps.
During the late fall and early winter, as harsh weather approaches, newly mated/ fertilized queens seek protected habitats to spend the winter.
Overwintering places may differ depending on the species. However, overwintering locations are normally located under tree bark, woodpiles, stumps and logs, and inside walls of structures. For example, the golden paper wasp is known to overwinter in wall voids, crawl spaces, attics, chimneys, basements, garages, or window wells of homes.
In early spring, every queen will build a new nest. It will not use an old nest, but it may build a new nest on the side of an old nest.
The storage of sperm inside the female queen allows her to lay eggs without the need to mate again with a male wasp. Initially, the queen lays approximately 10-20 eggs. These eggs will develop into sterile females or workers that take care of the colony (raising, feeding, cleaning, fixing, defending, and construction). Thereafter, the queen's only job is to lay more eggs.