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Amazing Facts About Wasps

Updated on May 20, 2013

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Paper Wasp Nest including baby and eggs.
Paper Wasp Nest including baby and eggs. | Source

History of the Wasp

At the dawn of the Jurassic Period where large dinosaurs still roamed the land, wasps dined on figs and laid their eggs in them, ensuring the next generation. By the time Tyrannosaurus Rex thundered across the landscape, some had evolved into social insects, guarding the hive and protecting the young.

Bees, hornets and ants are all included in the wasp family. Each have their own way of living that varies from one another. Some wasps, such as paper wasps, aren’t as aggressive as yellow jackets. Hornets are the largest and most aggressive in the family. Don’t invite them to your next picnic, they like to take over.

Many people think these guys are sworn enemies of man because they sting them. Wouldn’t you if you felt your home was threatened? Wasps and Hornets love to kill insects to feed to their young. In turn, the babies produce a sugary liquid that keeps the adults going. It's a symbiotic relationship.

Life Cycle of Wasps

The life of a wasp starts with the queen after she hatches and reaches maturity. She breeds with the drone, who dies shortly afterward. Her main mission after that is to find shelter in which she can hibernate through the long, cold winter.

When the kiss of spring awakens the land, the queen awakens and starts another phase of her existence. Now she is thinking of laying her eggs and supporting them. When she finds a suitable spot she starts to build a nest and lay her eggs. At this time, mice can and often do, devour the young while she is away. They better be gone when she returns or risk being stung .

When the first batch of young are adults, she lets them go out and forage, then she will settle down and lay 100 eggs a day while her daughters hunt for the babies. You may think that when the hives get large enough they don’t have predators. Bears love the grubs, raccoons loves them, many birds catch them and some insects will eat them when they get a chance.

In the summer they are so busy they won’t attack you unless you sit on one. Then the wasp will sting you and it does hurt. Some wasps stings hurt worse than others. Picnics attract them because they have a big sweet tooth.

By fall the final batch of young have been raised to adulthood and then a crisis strikes. With no young to feed, the wasps can’t get what they need to live. The hive breaks down even further because the queen dies, her mission accomplished. With no order or food, the wasps grow very aggressive. This is the time where wasps will sting you the most.

How to Treat a Bee or Wasp Sting

The sting of a bee is painful to say the least, but a bite from a wasp is even more so. These remedies are for people that suffer no allergic reaction to their stings. If you are allergic and are stung get to the hospital as quickly as you can.

People have found many ways in dealing with these stings. Many swear by these and while it may seem strange, they work. Many people use these when they get stung.

If stung by these insects you can put mud on the sting, wait until it dries and pull it off. Many have found that baking soda mixed with water into a paste and place on it works wonders. Honey is another that is said to work as is aloe vera. Meat tenderizer mixed with water will work, as well as toothpaste.

When dealing with a bee sting, don’t pull out the stinger, it will inject more of the poison in you. Take your fingernail or credit card and scrape it off.

Wasps are great predators and eat tons of harmful insects, yet they can cause problems with people. Be aware of where they are and make sure to never to disturb their nest.

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