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Only female hashtag#wasps have stingers, while males do not. Because of this, females are the primary protectors of the nest and the queen. Wasps like to eat sweet plants, fruits, flower nectar, honey, and sometimes other insects and caterpillars. You could say that wasps actually have a bit of a sweet tooth, just like many of us humans do. A queen wasp begins a new colony every spring. First the queen will raise worker wasps to help bring in food and make the nest larger. Then she will begin laying eggs. In one summer, a colony of wasps can grow to 50,000.
Wasps generally return to their nests when the sun goes down for the day. Some people are highly allergic to wasp stings, and have a good reason to be afraid of getting stung! Although people without allergies will only have minor irritation due to a sting, people with severe allergies can have a serious reaction. Although a nest of wasps can contain between 5,000 to 10,000 wasps, there is only one queen at a time in the nest.
Humans primarily come into contact with three types of wasps – yellow jackets, bald faced hornets, and paper wasps.
Spotted on Sep 18, 2018
Submitted on Sep 29, 2018