Most likely, the very first thing which comes to mind when we think of wasps, is the pain they are able to cause us, as well as their stinger.
Let us uncover what they eat, and get to know these creatures a little better.
A Wasp’s Diet
The wasp plays a vital role in controlling the inspect population because every insect has one species of wasp that feeds upon it.
The most popular types of wasps include:
- yellow jackets
- potter wasps
- cuckoo wasps
- paper wasps
The yellow jacket wasps are very popular and are usually confused with bees because of their yellow color.
The yellow jacket wasp is however different than the bee in that it does not produce honey and it will make its nests out of wood and mud instead of honey.
Wasps can even be helpful to farmers because they control the caterpillar population by eating them. This is useful for farmers because caterpillars damage crops.
On the other hand wasps can also be trouble because they normally build their nests near houses which increase the chances of a wasp stinging a person.
What Do Wasps Eat?
Wasps are omnivorous animals.
They will eat other insects and also eat a number of plans. They will prefer to eat sweeter plans and eat nectar as well. A wasp will also eat some honey and fruits.
As mentioned above they will also at times eat caterpillars.
Depending on the age of the wasp what they will eat will change from time to time. As a baby they will eat things such as insects as they are easy to catch and eat. However as an adult they will catch prey they can sting and paralyze and then eat.
For the most part an adult wasp will live on fruits and nectar which is similar to that of a bee.
There are some aggressive wasps that will drink the blood of honey bees and invade the bees’ nests to steal their honey.
Additionally a wasp will eat sweet human food such as cakes and jams.
About The Wasp
Even though they have a stinger a wasp is often eaten by amphibians, birds and reptiles.
For the most part the wasp will do more good than harm to humans as they help control the insect population.
A wasp can be divided into two categories:
A social wasp will form a colony each spring which is started by a female. They are fertilized the previous year and survive the winter by hibernating in a warm place.
On the other hand there is the solitary wasps that do not form a colony.
A solitary wasp will use its stinger to hunt and are capable of stinging several times in a row unlike a bee.
Their sting can be very painful and can be treated by using alcohol or ammonia.
If you experience extreme pain when being stung by a wasp in an area such as your neck it is advised to seek professional medical attention.