Charles Darwin lost his faith in God after witnessing parasitic wasp larvae devour a caterpillar from the inside out. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
Some Wasps Lay Eggs in Different Kinds of Harmful Insects So As Not to Spread and Inflict More Damage bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
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
Evaniidae, better known as Ensign Wasps are a type of wasp which doesn't sting humans and are a sign of roaches living nearby which they prey on by laying eggs in roach eggs and their larvae eats the roach eggs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
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…
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…
Wasps and many bees can sting more than once as they are able to pull out their stinger without injuring themselves. Only honeybees have special hooks on their stinger that keep the stinger in the skin after a person is stung. The stinger gets torn out of the bee's body as it tries to fly away kidshealth.org/en/kids/be…
In some species of Flower Wasp only males have wings. Copulation occurs in the air, with the female being carried by the male's genitalia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thy…
When given colored construction paper, wasps build rainbow colored nests thisiscolossal.com/2016/0…
Female wasps consume wood fibers and mix it with their saliva to build and waterproof their nests terminix.com/pest-control…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned about the Tarantula Hawk, A Spider Wasp That Preys on Tarantulas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
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…
There are wasps feeding on tarantulas, and they lay their eggs in them to feed on the tarantula while it's still alive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The world’s oldest spider lived to be 43 before a wasp’s sting did her in wtkr.com/2018/04/30/the-w…
The panda ant (Euspinolia militaris), so-called because of its black and white alternating coloration, is actually a species of wasp found in the forests of Chile and Argentina. They are known to deliver a very painful sting when they attack. Females are wingless and males have wings. boredpanda.com/panda-ant-…
The accidental introduction of the Yellow Crazy ant has devastated the populations of Christmas Island red crabs. In an effort led by researchers from La Trobe University and Parks Australia, predatory wasps from South-East Asia were introduced to combat the invasive ant supercolonies. abc.net.au/news/2019-01-1…
The few species of insects that can recognize faces share one trait: communal societies with multiple queens. In communal groups with a single queen, the roles are clear. But paper wasps may have 5 or more queens in one nest and facial recognition helps these queens negotiate with one another. phys.org/news/2020-01-pro…
– Police front man Sting got his nickname from his habit of wearing a black and yellow sweater with hooped stripes when playing with the Phoenix Jazzmen. According to Sting, "they thought I looked like a wasp". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
Parasitic Wasps lay larvae in their hosts, Spiders, that control their behavior and forces them to build incubation chambers. When the larvae hatch, they eat the spiders. gizmodo.com/infected-zomb…
Cuckoo wasps, like their namesake the cuckoo bird, are kleptoparasitic, having evolved to lay their eggs in the nests of other species of wasps. Their brilliant metallic colors are produced by light refracting through open spaces between six layers of cuticle in the wasps’ exoskeletons. baynature.org/article/the…
A new, unknown species of wasp was found in the Vondelpark, right in the middle of Amsterdam bdj.pensoft.net/article/4…
The naked mole-rat is the first mammal discovered to exhibit eusociality. This eusocial structure is similar to that found in ants, termites, and some bees and wasps. Only one female (the queen) and one to three males reproduce, while the rest of the members of the colony function as workers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
A Tarantula Hawk is a spider wasp that preys on tarantulas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
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…
Today I learned about the emerald wasp. The wasp uses a special venom to prey on cockroaches. Once stung, the cockroach looses its free will and is led by the wasp to its burrow, where it will be buried and eaten alive by the wasp's larvae. scientificamerican.com/ar…
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…
A species of parasitic wasp, Aleiodes shakirae, was named after Colombian singer Shakira as it causes its host caterpillar to wiggle and move around similar to a belly dancer. species-id.net/w/index.ph…
When being eaten or harmed, grass will release a chemical distress signal. This attracts parasitic wasps to lay eggs in the insect eating the grass. This chemical is actually what makes up the 'freshly cut grass smell' (Updated post, I messed up the last one) research.tamu.edu/2014/09…
Insects of the suborder Apocrita (bees, wasps, hornets, ants) are responsible for more deaths in the UK than any other animal. planetdeadly.com/animals/…
Ladybugs are susceptible to wasp parasites that can control their minds to watch over the wasp eggs. The wasp stings the ladybig, which hosts the wasp larva until they finally burst out of her abdomen and weave a cocoon between her legs. Sometimes the ladybug can be parasited twice! sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
There are orchids in Australia that skew the sex ratios of their pollinators by tricking male wasps into mating with their flowers... to completion indefenseofplants.com/blo…
There is at least one dead wasp inside the figs we eat. Female Fig Wasps pollinate both male & female figs - entering through a small hole called the ostiole. They cannot lay eggs in the female fig, so only end up spreading their pollen to the internal flowers of the fig and then dying. huffpost.com/entry/what-a…
There is a species of wasp called a fig wasp that burrows itself into a fig and is usually dissolved into the fig as nutrients to help mature the fruit wikipedia.org/wiki/Fig_wa…
Today I learned of the Tarantula Hawk, a giant member of the wasp family whose sting is described as an "immediate, excruciating, unrelenting pain that simply shuts down one's ability to do anything, except scream. Mental discipline simply does not work in these situations." It's the state insect of New Mexico. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Mud Dauber Wasps have killed at least 223 people since 1980 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud…
Some Spiders pretend to be Ants, waving their front two legs like antennae, and copying ant zig-zag locomotive behavior in order to trick would-be predators like birds and spider-wasps into thinking they're an unpalatable or aggressive ant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The emerald cockroach wasp, turns its host into a submissive zombie by injecting venom directly into its brain. It then drags the paralyzed cockroach into a chamber and lays an egg on it. The larva hatches and bores inside the host, eating its insides while it is still alive. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Wasps have a literal virus embedded in their DNA nature.com/news/2009/0902…
Unlike the queens of other eusocial species, a queen of the paper wasp Ropalidia marginata is docile and maintains her reproductive monopoly in her colony without physical aggression. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rop…
Male samurai wasps mate shortly after hatching with their own sisters. adults then deposit their eggs into the eggs of stink bugs which they commandeer and parasitize. entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatu…
Avocados are pollinated by a particular species of honey producing wasps rather than bees en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
The entomologist Justin O. Schmidt created the ''Schmidt sting pain index''. This scale rates the pain from stings of ants, wasps and bees. While getting stung by a warrior wasp, he told to himself: ''Torture. You are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?''. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The jeweled cockroach wasp injects a venom into a cockroache’s brain to make it lose its escape reflex, the roach then willingly follows the wasp to its nest, where the wasp lays an egg onto the roaches chest that will subsequently eat the weak-willed roach alive until a new wasp hatches. vimeo.com/125552144
The Tarantula Hawk is a Spider Wasp which hunts Tarantulas. They have the highest rating (4) on the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. The pain is described as "blinding, fierce, and shockingly electric. A running hair dryer has been dropped into your bubble bath." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Male ants, bees and wasps have no father and cannot have male children, but they do have grandparents and can have grandchildren. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Today I learned about the WASPS (Women Airforce Service Pilots), a group of female pilots who delivered new aircraft from the factory to bases in the US for the military during WW2 army.mil/women/history/pi…
A wasp's nest likely brought down a Boeing 757 and killed almost 200 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
Cynipid wasps lay their eggs on trees. Once hatched, the larva secretes a pheromone that causes the tree to form a "fruit" around it that protects it until maturation. marylandgrows.umd.edu/201…
The most terrifying looking wasp is a harmless (except to grubs) pollinator whose eggs require no fertilization. fmr.org/naturenotes/pelec…
Parasitoid Wasps pierce their pointy stingers into other insects. They lay eggs inside the living hosts, and the wasp hatchings eat their way out of the still-living prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
A wasp called the β€œMegalara Garuda” exists, according to researchers, it originates in Indonesia & is nicknamed the β€œking of wasp relay.nationalgeographic.…
Learned about Apis Dorsata. These giant honeybees utilize a method called β€œheat balling,” to defend themselves. They heat their thoraces to a temperature of 45 degrees Celsius (which is lethal to wasps.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Api…
Japanese Honeybees defend themselves against wasps by swarming them and "baking" them by vibrating their wings to 47 degrees Celsius. One degree above the wasp's max temperature. theoatmeal.com/comics/bee…
Mud dauber wasps will hunt spiders, paralyze but not kill them, and then cram as many as two dozen small spiders into a nest cell for their larva to feed on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud…
The worlds oldest known spider ("Number 16") died at the age of 43 after a wasp stung her. (Happened in 2018 in Australia) scmp.com/news/asia/austra…
Today I learned of the tarantula hawk wasp that has a non-deadly sting so painful, experienced professionals will just suggest you to lie down & scream if stung, because most people lose verbal & physical coordination afterwards. wired.com/2015/07/absurd-…
A female wasp injects its egg into the ladybird, the larva munches on its host's internal tissues before breaking out through the abdomen bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Today I learned of all the biting and stinging creatures in Australia, bees and wasps are responsible for more hospital admissions then any others, and caused as many deaths as snakes. Horses killed more than all other venemous creatures combined. bbc.co.uk/news/world-aust…
Parasitic wasps can turn ladybirds into "zombie" guards for their offspring, using poison to make the victims twitch and grasp to ward off predators. 25% of these ladybirds later recover. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
We all have more roommates than we thought. Individual homes contained 32 to 211 species covering 24 to 128 arthropod families. Flies, spiders, beetles, wasps and ants made up nearly three-quarters of the average room diversity smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The Hymenoepimecis Argyraphaga is a wasp that paralyzes a spider to lay an egg in its abdomen. The resulting larva will then use a mind-altering chemical to modify the spider's web building behavior in order to make a web strong enough to support the larva's cocoon. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Wasps have caused at least two fatal air accidents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud…
Female fig wasps pollinate female fig plants by burrowing inside them to reach the flowers and afterwards the fig releases an enzyme to breakdown the wasp and absorb the waspie nutrients. (Explanation starts at 4:45) youtube.com/watch?v=a6jJz…
Figs are carnivorous and get pollinated by "eating" fig wasps who mistake female figs or male figs. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
The tarantula hawk stings and paralyzes a tarantula, drags the specimen to a brooding nest, and lays a single egg on the spider’s abdomen. The wasp larva hatches, creates a hole in the spider's abdomen, and enters to feed, avoiding vital organs for as long as possible to keep the spider alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Today I learned of the Tarantula Hawk. One of the largest wasps, they use their sting to paralyze their prey before dragging it to a brood nest as living food; a single egg is laid on the prey, hatching to a larva which eats the still-living prey. It also has one of the most painful stings in the entire world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Hornworm Catarpillars on my tomato are the walking dead when little white rice looking things appear on their backs. Those things are actually cocoons of pupating Braconid Wasps, which are harmless to humans but a parasitoid of the worms. aggie-horticulture.tamu.e…
The pain caused by the Bullet Ant's sting is reported to be greater than that of any other hymenopteran, and is ranked as the most painful according to the Schmidt sting pain index, given a "4+" rating, above the tarantula hawk wasp and Synoeca (warrior wasp). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned about the Fairy Wasp, a parasitic insect smaller than some Amoebas blogs.discovermagazine.co…
A fig tree tricks a certain species of wasp to pollinate it, sends it down a small passage in the fruit where its wings are ripped off, after which it is digested by enzymes. Figs eat wasps. thekitchn.com/strange-sym…
A species of wasp discovered in Kenya a few years ago was named after Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. nationalpost.com/sports/h…
The most dangerous animals in the UK are bees/wasps, the sixth most dangerous animal going to the Seagull planetdeadly.com/animals/…
A species of wasp, Ampulex dementor, is named after the Dementor. This name was chosen to reflect the fact that the wasp uses a toxin to neutralise the neural behaviour of cockroaches and make them docile, as if their souls had been sucked out. harrypotter.wikia.com/wik…
Many seemingly unrhymable words do have rhymes! The list is long, including orange, silver, angst, pint, siren, wasp, toilet, etc. Meanwhile, most commonly used English words don't have rhymes. Some of these are boing, bulb, eighth, warmth, worlds, wolf, penguin, problem, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The gigantic, hairy "Goliath birdeater" tarantula spider is entirely harmless and passive toward humans and their bite would hardly compare to the sting of a wasp. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Wasps have β€œparties” and β€œplay” with each other during pre-hibernation in the fall. askentomologists.com/2018…
The crunchy bits in figs are not the remains of the fig wasp that was needed to pollinate the flower that became the fig, as the wasp exoskeleton will have been broken down by a figgy enzyme called ficin. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
There are wasps called beewolves that paralyze bees then bury them in a tunnel and lay eggs on them while they're still alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
"Aha Ha" is a species of Australian wasp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aha…
There's a wasp that eats spiders and helps with pest control called the Mud Dauber dengarden.com/pest-contro…
Today I learned of the Mantidfly, an insect that looks like a cross between a Praying Mantis and a Wasp roaring.earth/mantidfly/?…
There are insects called 'Velvet Ants' that are actually wingless wasps en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…
Figs frequently contain dead wasps and may not be considered vegan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fic…
Of "wasp beer", a beer made using a yeast strain derived from an unconventional source: The body of a wasp. Beer made from such yeast can be made to a wide range of taste: anything from a honey-like to a tangy, sour, flavor. nationalgeographic.com/pe…
Bee and wasp species tend to be more red and black marked in southern North America instead of yellow and black like in their northern cousins jstor.org/stable/3877979?…
Only female wasps can sting, the stinger is a modified egg-laying organ therefore males don't have it. keele.ac.uk/arboretum/art…
In 1996 an instrument failure caused a plane to lose control and crash just after takeoff, killing 189 people. It was later determined that the device used to measure airspeed was blocked by a wasp nest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
Scientists can give Latin names to species/genera that are jokes. eg Aha ha (wasp); Pieza pi,Pieza kake (flies); Ittibitium (small mollusks); Pison eu (wasp), Gelae bean (beetle); Agra vation, Agra cadabra, Agra phobia (beetles); Vini vidivici (extinct parrot); Phthiria relativitae (fly) australiangeographic.com.…
The tarantula hawk, a type of wasp that lives in the USA, is said to have the most painful insect sting in the world. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
The Tarantula Wasp keeps a tarantula paralyzed so it’s larva feeds on the live spider avoiding the vital organs to keep it alive as long as possible. nps.gov/articles/tarantul…
Today I learned about the schmidt sting pain index, a pain scale rating the relative pain caused by different hymenopteran stings, including ants, bees and wasps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Today I learned about the most lethal jellyfish in the world: the sea wasp, found in Australian coastal waters, it can kill you in less than three minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…

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