Actually only the queen wasp (I`m talking yellow jackets here) survive the winter. She goes sort of dormant in a protected hole or spot. All the workers die of cold in the fall. Come spring time, the queen starts to build a small nest (about the size of a house key) and lays a few eggs. When these hatch they take over building the nest and the queen resumes her egg laying. As their numbers grow the paper nest gets bigger. Eventually they swarm and a new mated queen goes into stasis the next fall, and the whole thing starts again.
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