Wasps facts

Class: Insects

Familly Vespidae

Order: Hymenoptera

Life span:
Queen : 1 year
Breeding male: a few days
Female workers: 22 days


Many social wasp species build nests out of paper or mud. It is often these nests that are problematic in houses.

Why do wasps hover around meat?

Adult wasps use meat to feed their larvae. In nature, some species hunt small insects

Do wasps produce honey?

Most wasp species do not produce honey.

Do all wasps live in colonies?

No. There are two main subfamilies of wasps: solitary wasps and social wasps.

Do wasps die in winter?

The vast majority of a colony dies in winter. Only future queens and breeding males survive to the end of summer and the fertilized queen is the only one to hibernate.

Do wasps sting?

Yes! And unlike bees, they can sting more than once. They sting because they want to protect their colony. Some people may be allergic to wasp venom. If the allergy is very severe, it can even lead to death. If you get stung and the site of the sting starts to swell or itch, or if you feel dizzy or short of breath, see a doctor immediately. To ease the pain of the bite, apply ice.

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