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- Common Names
- Wysps are a scavenging omnivore which are found in nearly every climate and terrain. During the flowering seasons they collect nectar and pollen from plants. Some varieties produce honey in their nests. Most wysps are fairly docile while alone, but will be aggressive in defence of their nest.
- Arthropod, Insect
- 10-30 millimetres (0.4-1.2 inches)
- Segmented body with 6 legs and a pair of wings. Articulated abdomen with sometimes present stinger.
- Sexual dimorphism
- Breeding females can be up to twice the size of males or non-breeding workers
- Many varieties of wysps exist varied in size, body form, patterns, colouration, social behaviour, groupings, and presence of a stinging organ.
- Sub-arctic to tropical, in nearly every biome where flowering plants can be found.
- During flowering seasons, nectar and pollen. Fruit during fruiting season. Honey stored for winter months, also some species will prey on the eggs, larvae, and pupae of other insects.
- Social grouping
- Most wysps form colonies of dozens to thousands of members with a single breeding female, and a number of attendant males. The majority of the hive will be non-breeding females who fill the role of workers who feed the colony, and soldiers defending the colony.
- Generally oblivious, unless the hive/nest is threatened, then aggressive.
- Individually negligible, but seem to have a hive/swarm intelligence.
- Breeding females will mate with one or more males then can selectively fertilize eggs laid in specialized nest chambers for brooding. Fertilized eggs will develop into male bees, and not-fertilized eggs into female bees. A few female eggs will develop into queens, capable of breeding and forming their own colonies.
- Fruit wysps will eat holes into ripening fruit and lay eggs inside. Their larva will then consume the fruit before pupating and emerging as adults.
- The glow wysp is so named for its particular ability to produce a flashing glowing phosphorescence. They use this to communicate in low light. Glow wysps do not have a sting, but can bite in defence.
- Honey wysps are best known for the sweet honey they produce and store in their nests. They will aggressively defend their nest if it is damaged, or entered by another creature.
- This variety builds nest from daubs of mud forming complex structures with chambers for eggs and food storage.
- Variety of wysp which builds large globular nests from paper created from wood pulp and saliva.
- Sting wysps are a very aggressive stinging insect which will swarm in defence of their nest. A creature targeted by the swarm will endure a flurry of stinging attacks. Some varieties of sting wysps will parasitize other insects by stinging them and laying eggs inside them, the resulting larva will consume the host slowly before pupating into adults.
- Wsyps make excellent pollinators for flowering crops, and hive make be encouraged or actively maintained for this purpose. In addition honey wysps produce wax combs to store concentrated food in a thick golden syrup.
- Honey, Pollen, Wax