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What Do Wasps Eat And Other Fun Facts

What do wasps eat? This is a good question. After all, many people confuse wasps with bees which eat pollen and nectar. And if wasps don’t eat these, then what is their food of choice? In this post, we are going to look at this, plus nine more facts about these fascinating insects.

Let’s start with our main question:

1. What do wasps eat?

This can vary between species, but they mostly subsist on a whole range of things. So what do wasps eat? Well, they like anything sugary and sweet. Most of us know this from trying to protect picnics from outdoor pests. They are also partial to small insects and insect larvae, honeydew from aphids, fruit, and plants.

2. Do wasps die when they sting you?

This is one of the biggest misconceptions regarding wasps. Wasps can sting multiple times, compared to bees which are able to sting you only once. This is because the bees stinger becomes stuck in your skin which causes it to die. On the other hand, the wasp can remove its stinger with ease.

wasp on nest

3. Do wasps live in colonies?

This is another misconception. Unlike bees, not all wasps live in colonies. While the majority of wasps live with others of their species, some types of wasps live alone.

4. What do wasps build nests from?

You’ve probably seen a wasp colony at some point in your life. If you’ve ever wondered what the nests are built from, the answer is bark, wood and mud. When the structure is built from bark or wood, the wasp will first chew these materials to pulp.

5. Do murder wasps kill people?

You may of heard about murder wasps or hornets in the news. But can these insects actually kill you? The answer is no. However, their venom is about ten times more powerful than ordinary wasps.

6. Why do wasps become aggressive?

Unfortunately wasps can attack people. Their venom contains a special pheromone when they sense a threat. When other wasps pick up on the threatened wasp’s chemical signal they become highly aggressive and agitated. If a wasp stings you, it’s best to get out of the area or you will probably be stung again.

a wasps nest

7. Do wasps swarm?

No, unlike bees, wasps do not form swarms. However, if you find a wasp nest anywhere on your property, this would constitute an emergency pest control situation. The wasps will fiercely protect their nest. This can sometimes mean many wasps can join forces to see off a perceived threat as a group.

8. Are wasps used for pest control?

Yes. Wasps feed on other smaller insects. Due to this, they are deployed as a cheap method of pest control in some parts of the world.

9. Are all wasps black and yellow?

No, there are 50,000 different wasp species, and they come in a variety of shades. This includes the common black and yellow wasp, of course.

10. Are wasps found everywhere?

Yes, wasps are found in every corner of the globe except Antarctica.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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