Facts related to Wasps

Wasps can be classified in two broad categories: solitary wasps and social wasps. While social wasps account for just a thousand species, solitary wasps form the largest subgroup.  Unlike bees, wasps do not make honey, but some species help in the pollination of plants. When a wasp dies, it emits a pheromone in the air which acts as a warning signal to other wasps so that they become aware of the danger and come to help their fallen comrade. Wasps do not store food; hence, during hibernation, the queen relies on her own body fat to survive .They do not produce wax. As such, their nests are made of a paper-like substance made of chewed wood and plants. However, some species use mud also. While social wasps live in nests inhabited by 5,000-10,000 wasps at one time, solitary wasps do not construct nests and live alone. The queen is the only fertile female in a wasp nest and can lay eggs while the rest of the sterile females become workers and take care of the eggs. Wasps are food gatherers and can travel up to 400 meters in order to procure food. Wasps like to eat sweet plants, fruits, flower nectar, honey, and sometimes other insects and caterpillars.

Often confused with bees, in general, but wasps do exhibit a couple of differences when compared to bees. While wasps have slender bodies, narrow waists and appear to be shiny, bees, on the other hand, have a hairier body. What’s more, a bee sting remains embedded in the skin of its prey, while a wasp can sting a human multiple times, which contains a powerful venomous punch. Ranging from metallic blue to bright red to yellow to brown, wasps are found in all colors one can imagine. This medium sized flying insect has a global presence with the exception of arctic and sub arctic regions.

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