Wasps do not die when they sting. Wasps have barbs on their stingers that can be retracted, allowing them to safely remove the stinger without injuring themselves.Know More
A wasp's stinger is actually an egg-laying apparatus called an ovipositor. It doubles as a defense mechanism and is capable of injecting venom from venom sacs through the stinger if needed. The ovipositor is a female-only trait, making males incapable of stinging.
Wasps should not be confused with honeybees, whose stingers are removed along with other organs when used. Honeybees can only sting once because of this, as they die once the stinger is deployed.Learn more about Stinging Insects
Wasps do not make honey. Wasps are, however, closely related to honey bees, which do make honey. Bees feed on nectar and pollen, and they store the excess as honey. Wasps are primarily predators and feed on other insects.Full Answer >
The main difference between wasps and hornets is that wasp colonies tend to be smaller, with fewer than 100 individuals, while hornet colonies typically have many more. It is often difficult to tell the difference between these hairless, thin-bodied, bee-like insects visually.Full Answer >
During the winter, all worker wasps die due to starvation and only mated queen wasps survive. Queen wasps hibernate inside a rock, wood or burrow to survive the season. Though hibernating queen wasps are protected from weather and starvation, many are likely to be killed by predators such as spiders.Full Answer >
Wasps live all around the world and are found in nearly every country. There are more than 200,000 recognized species of wasps as of 2014.Full Answer >