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 in Stinging Insects
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 >
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 >
In the spring and early summer, wasps are attracted to protein contained in pet food, garbage scraps and exposed compost piles. During the cooler late summer and fall months, wasps seek out sweet foods, such as rotten tree fruits, open soda cans and fruit juices.Full Answer >
Worker wasps hatch in the spring and live until temperatures dip below freezing. The queen lives much longer, continuing the breeding cycle for several years.Full Answer >