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10 things you didn't know about wasps
Summertime is wasp time: every year the nasty beasts plague us. Then ice cream, fruit and fruit juices suddenly taste half as good because of all the stress and you constantly see complete strangers performing crazy dances in public.
But what about your knowledge of the little animals that spoil the best time of the year for us? For example, did you know that wasps like to stab the face? Simply because we are most vulnerable in the face. Sympathetic ... Not!
But: at least the wasp sting doesn't hurt as much as a bee sting does. Because even if a bee can only sting once, its severed stinger pumps ten times as much poison into our body as that of a wasp. But of course the wasp does not spoil it - after all, it can sting more often than its fellow species. That is what is called balancing justice in the animal kingdom.
More of that? We have collected 10 exciting facts for you.
1. Wasps are black and yellow vultures
Wasps are scavengers. Most species feed their offspring meat - preferably insects. This is also one reason why wasp stings often become infected. Germs are transmitted when a sting occurs.
In order to meet their own energy requirements, wasps also rely on sweets: cakes, ice cream and soft drinks such as cola or apple juice spritzer attract them.
2. Wasps also make honey
But one species of wasp is vegetarian: the honey wasp. Like the bee, it feeds on pollen and nectar. There are around 210 honey wasp species worldwide. Only one species lives in Germany: the Celonites abbreviatus.
3. Only young queens survive the winter
Wasps also live in so-called states with a queen as their head. The largest nests are built by the common and German wasps. In such states a wasp queen has up to 7,000 subjects. The entire wasp state dies between August and October, only the mated young queens survive and seek shelter for the winter. All other wasps die. Incidentally, most wasps only live four to six weeks in total.
4. Wasps are master architects
Wasp nests are made of rotten wood, which the animals get and chew everywhere. If there is a shortage, they even peel the bark off trees. Up to 4,000 workers help build nests. In the worst case, such a wasp's nest can have a diameter of up to two meters.
5. Maya the bee should actually be called Maya the wasp
On closer inspection Maya the bee is not that cute anymore. She's actually a wasp - at least in terms of color. Wasps have a yellow-black body, while bees are actually brown in color.
6. Wasps are virtually immortal
Dead wasps can also sting. As long as rigor mortis have not yet set in, contact can trigger nerve reflexes that squeeze the last of the poison out of the sting. So stay away from motionless wasps!
7. They really exist: the monster wasp
Scary: A giant wasp was discovered in Indonesia a few years ago. In this species, the male becomes up to six inches long. This means that the monster fits across a smartphone. This species is five times larger than our "everyday wasp".
8. Hornets are wasps too
Hornets belong to the family of wasps. A hornet queen can be up to four inches long and lays 41 eggs a day. Fun fact: she likes to be warm. Her workers use full muscle power to constantly ensure a cozy 30 degrees in the nest - otherwise Muddi won't lay a single egg.
9. Wasps take emancipation to extremes
Male wasps have one job in life: they have to mate their queen. Once that's done, they die. Resistance is futile. Even if they keep making attacking movements with their buttocks - they cannot stab.
10. Wasps, bombs and drugs go wonderfully together
Who would have thought? Wasps are the better sniffer dogs. The brackish wasp, a particularly small species of wasp, can be trained as a "detection wasp" and used to detect explosives and drugs.
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