Why do wasps sting?



  • Wasps belong to the kingdom Animalia and phylum Arthropoda.
  • Wasps come under the category of class insects and order hymenoptera.
  • Wasps can be any animal with a specified character speciality of narrow-waisted animal which does not belong to any bee or any ant.
  • Wasps are known to share a common ancestor along with bees and ants.
  • The diet of Wasps can be changed from female Wasps to social wasps. In common their diet can either be omnivorous or herbivorous for the adult female Wasps however, it can be changed to carnivorous diet so as to provide the little insects and larvae with maternal care.
  • Similar to other animals, the outer body of Wasps is covered in an exoskeleton which protects three parts of Wasps named as the head, mesosoma and metasoma.
  • Mesosoma is basically the middle part of arthropods which can basically consist of legs or either wings in winged animals.
  • Metasoma is the posterior part of arthropods animals consisting of three body parts only. This portion can mainly include the digestive tract, circulatory system, respiratory system, genitalia, etc.

Why Do Wasps Sting?

  • Some species of Wasps are known to sting for different purposes.
  • Only female Wasps can sting, no male Wasps has the ability of stinging.
  • Wasps are known to sting for basically two main reasons.
  • The primary reason for them to sting is to protect themselves and their home. If they feel threatened or feel their best threatened they can sting as a self-defense technique.
  • The other main reason behind their stinging can be said as agitation. Wasps get irritated very early, so in frustration they can sting anyone.
  • Wasps can have multiple stings in a single day, unlike bee sting as bees are known to die right after they sting anyone.
  • The Wasps Sting is very venomous which does not cause any serious effect, yet it can get you in a lot of pain.

Fun Facts:

  1. The living pattern for Wasps is not fixed, some Wasps are known to live in colonies and some Wasps are known to live alone.
  2. Wasps are known to make their best in places like basements, dark and shady places, cool places, etc.
  3. Wasps can be found almost everywhere, except in Antarctica.

Related Questions:

  1. Explain some species of Wasps.
  2. What are the external characteristic features of Wasps?
  3. Who all are the prey of Wasps?

True or False:

  1. Wasps belong to the kingdom Plantea.
  2. Wasps come under the class of Insects.
  3. Wasps are known to have no ancestor.
  4. Wasps are only herbivorous in nature.
  5. Wasps can never sting anyone.

Objective Quiz:

1. Wasps do not come under the category of _______.

  1. Ant.
  2. Bee.
  3. Both 1) and 2).
  4. None of the above.

2. The diet of Wasps can be _____.

  1. Omnivorous.
  2. Herbivorous.
  3. Both 1) and 2).
  4. None of the above.

3. The main reason behind Wasps stinging can be ______.

  1. For protection.
  2. While agitated.
  3. Both 1) and 2).
  4. None of the above.

4._____ dies right after stinging.

  1. Bee.
  2. Wasps.
  3. Ants.
  4. None of the above.

5. The outer body of Wasps is covered in _______.

  1. Exoskeleton.
  2. Endoskeleton.
  3. Muscles.
  4. All of the above.

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