There are over 9,000 species of wasps in the UK alone.
The most common wasp we see flying about us are called Social Wasps.
In one summer a colony can have up to 50,000 wasps in it.
Wasps have useful purposes, they feed on the pests that eat our crops, they pollinate plants and are prey to birds such as Starlings, Blackbirds and Magpies, other birds eat them as well for the occasional snack.
For the first part of the year wasps collect proteins to feed the larvae who then turn it into carbohydrates which they secrete as a sugary droplet to feed the workers.
At the end of August the queen stops producing larvae and so the workers have to find a different source of food.
In Autumn all of the wasps die apart from a few future queens that go into hibernation in a log ready to build a new colony next spring.
These photos are part of an old Wasps nest that my friends found.