Serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for happiness, can be toxic. When injected into skin it causes extreme pain and is a main ingredient of wasp venom mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Faced with a severe pilot shortage during WWII, the USA started a program called WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) to train women to be pilots. 1100 women volunteered to fly military aircraft. They were finally granted military status in the 1970s and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009. npr.org/2010/03/09/123773…
Today I learned of the Tarantula hawk wasp's reproductive habits. The female stings and paralyzes a tarantula, lays an egg on it's abdomen, and buries it. When the larva hatches, it punctures and enters the spider's abdomen and feeds while avoiding vital organs for as long as possible to keep the spider alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
There are wasps that make honey, called Mexican Honey Wasps. phillyhoneyfest.com/2018/…
Today I learned of Wasp-flavored Vodka, a muddy brown, fish smelling concoction made in Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture made from fermented wasps and that is said to make the skin more beautiful, boost recovery from fatigue and prevent β€œlifestyle disease” soranews24.com/2013/04/06…
The animal that causes the most human deaths annually in the US is deer. Deer sometimes leap blindly into roadways causing tens of thousands of traffic accidents annually. These accidents cause an estimated 200 deaths every year. Runner-up: Bees, wasps and hornets with 58 deaths. roaring.earth/which-anima…
Caterpillar-damaged plants protect themselves by attracting parasitic wasps. Studies have shown that a variety of plants, when injured by herbivores, emit chemical signals that guide natural enemies to the herbivores. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7…
About the Acrotaphus Wasp, a newly found wasp in the Amazon that zombifies spiders, lays an egg on the spiders back, makes the spider weave a web designed for the wasp pupa, the egg then hatches and the wasp consumes the spider and lives on the web. eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
In Dante's divine comedy, there's a group of people deemed unworthy of paradise, purgatory or even hell proper. They are the non-alligned, who refused to commit to either good or evil in their life. They spend eterinty on their special place, chasing white banners while been chased by wasps sparknotes.com/poetry/inf…
The parasitic jewel wasp turns cockroaches into zombies by injecting venom into their brains and laying an egg in their abdomens, where its larvae then hatch… and eat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eme…
Today I learned about Necrophoresis is a behavior found in social insects – such as ants, bees, wasps, and termites – which carry the dead bodies of members of their colony from the nest or hive area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
There is a Japanese village that hunts, raises and eats Wasps. They hold an annual festival, the *Kushihara Hebo Matsuri*, where people compete on 'Heaviest Wasp Nest'. bbc.com/travel/story/2020…
Today I learned about the fairy fly a type of chalcid wasp which is the smallest insect known to exist. Most species are about 1mm (0.039 in) long but some are as small as 0.15 mm (0.0059 in) This is smaller than some single cell organisms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
If wasps decide they don't like you they drop pheromones on you so that other wasps don't like you either. phys.org/news/2015-12-arm…
Mud dauber wasps are notorious for building their nests inside the pitot tubes, fuel tank vents and drains of aircrafts and have contributed to numerous plane crashes throughout history as a result. flightsafetyaustralia.com…
Smyrna Figs are pollinated planting them amongst inedible goat figs and having a tiny wasp which dies inside the fruit complete the pollination process. rapidcityjournal.com/a-wa…
The fig wasp grows a telescopic penis and inmediately impregnates his sisters after birth. The female wasps then have 48 hours to find a fig and lay eggs bedore dying. trendsmap.com/twitter/twe…
Charles Darwin lost his faith in God after witnessing parasitic wasp larvae devour a caterpillar from the inside out. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
There is a species of wasp known as Mud Daubers that make their nests out of mud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud…
Today I learned of Trigonalidae wasps, which rely on caterpillars eating their eggs to reproduce. Larvae hatch inside the caterpillar's body, feeding on *other* parasites that infest the caterpillar to survive. Alternatively, they wait for a wasp to feed the caterpillar to their young - which they then eat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
There’s a type of wasp that lays up to 50 eggs in Caterpillars. When the parasites emerge, the caterpillar not only survives, but will protect them until it dies of starvation. It is important to note that under normal circumstances, these caterpillars would not exhibit any maternal behavior blog.nus.edu.sg/lsm1303st…
In 2017, a species of parasitoid wasps discovered by entomologists was named Idiogramma elbakyanae, after SciHub founder Alexandra Elbakyan. She was offended by this, writing, "If you analyse the situation with scientific publications, the real parasites are scientific publishers." thebookseller.com/news/el…
The oldest known spider lived for 43 years (1974-2016), and did not die of old age, but was instead killed by a parasitic wasp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
Cow ants are not actually ants. They are ground dwelling parasitoid wasps. pestworld.org/pest-guide/…
The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster eats yeasts that grow on rotting fruit, which can contain up to 6% alcohol. By consuming alcohol, the fruit fly kills wasp larvae that have hatched inside its body which would otherwise eat the fruit fly from the inside out. discovermagazine.com/plan…
There's a wasp that f*cks flowers bie.ala.org.au/species/ur…
The largest fire in California's history was caused by a man trying to plug a wasp's nest with a stake and hammer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
The fuzzy orange things found on oak leaves are caused by tiny insects called gall wasps that are barely visible. thenaturalhistorian.com/2…
The world’s oldest known spider lived to be 43. Named Number 16, she died after being stung by a wasp. amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/04/3…
Mud or β€œdirt” daubers are harmless wasps that rarely attack humans, females prey on spiders to feed their young sometimes fitting up to 25 in a single cell, and when their larvae reach maturity the new adult burrows their way out. Blue dirt daubers prefer black widows. entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatu…
Today I learned of the giant ichneumon wasp, whose females have an ovipositor up to 5 inches long that they use to delve into trees and inject venom and deposit eggs into horntail larvae hiding inside the trees. The resulting wasp larvae then eat the now-paralyzed horntail larvae. youtu.be/KxHckvpbopQ
Despite the fact that mud dauber wasps are non-aggressive and rarely sting, they have killed at least 210 people since 1980 via plane crashes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud…
An entomologist developed the Schmidt Pain Index to compare the pain and intensity of insect stings on a scale of 1-4; the most painful stings are those of the bullet ant, tarantula hawk, and warrior wasp. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Mud dauber wasps have caused 223 deaths, via plane crashes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud…
When given colored construction paper, wasps build rainbow colored nests thisiscolossal.com/2016/0…
Female wasps will attack almost any other insect to implant their eggs, which hatch into parasitic larva that eventually kill their host. This actually makes them useful as a 'green' method of pest control, being intentionally introduced to decimate the populations of crop-killing pests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Living things such as the jewel wasp can make their victims, cockroaches, into their "zombies". nationalgeographic.com/an…
After being stung by the Warrior Wasp, sting pain index creator Justin Schmidt described the pain as, "torture, you are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Today I learned that wasps lay their eggs inside adult cockroaches and larvae and when they hatch, they feed on the roaches from the inside out. combatbugs.com/en/pest-id…
The world’s oldest spider lived to be 43 before a wasp’s sting did her in wtkr.com/2018/04/30/the-w…
Today I learned about a species called the pied hoverfly (Scaeva pyrastri). It has copied the appearance of a wasp but it’s white. They do this to fool their natural enemies into not eating them because wasp are poisonous. So if u ever see one, don't worry it's harmless. (See link for photo’s) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
The SaterΓ©-MawΓ© tribe of Brazil have a ritual where they subject themselves to the sting of over 120 bullet ants, which have a sting 30 times more painful than that of a wasp. youtube.com/watch?v=Cb5BK…
To defend against predatory wasps, honeybees create a defense wave known as shimmering. Participating honeybees need to respond with perfect timing when it's their turn to shimmer. youtu.be/dU2rLhpaMAY
Today I learned about Ensign Wasp. This small insect, occasionally found inside our houses, is actually beneficial to our homes because it feeds on cockroach eggs, thus controlling cockroach infestations :) citybugs.tamu.edu/2015/05…
Today I learned about Cicada Killer Wasps who are so obsessed with cicadas that they start feeding on them from birth. cicadamania.com/cicadas/1…
Some Wasps Lay Eggs in Different Kinds of Harmful Insects So As Not to Spread and Inflict More Damage bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
The red velvet ant is a species of parasitic wasp native to the eastern US. It is best known for its extremely painful sting, earning it the nickname cow killer. Female ants lay their eggs on the larvae of eastern cicada killers, and the ant grubs then consume their hosts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Today I learned about WASP: the Women Airforce Service Pilots, civilian female pilots who flew in non combat situations for the US Army during WWII airandspace.si.edu/storie…
Ichneumon wasps lay their eggs inside trees where they detect formerly laid and evolved wood wasp larvae. They paralize the other larvae through poison and then lay their single egg on top of it. Scientists are not sure how they find their victims through centimenters of solid tree bark youtube.com/watch?v=KxHck…
A cockroach can "karate kick" an emerald jewel wasp in the head. If not kicked away, a wasp injects venom into a roach's brain & midsection which paralyzes a roach's front legs & makes it a zombie to be led by its antennae; then it gets stuck with a wasp egg & eaten alive by wasp larvae. nationalgeographic.com/an…

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