A wasp is an insect that belongs to the Apocrita suborder and is neither a bee or an ant.
A wasp is also sometimes referred to as a yellow jacket or hornet.
It’s estimated there is over a 100,000 known species of wasps.
Wasps can be found everywhere in the world, expect Antarctica.
Wasps are carnivorous and eat a wide variety of insects.
Wasps can live anywhere between a few months to a year.
Wasps, unlike bees, don’t have a barbed stinger. This allows a wasp to sting multiple times and a sting doesn’t result in the death of the wasp.
There are two types of wasps, social wasps and solitary wasps.
Social wasps live together in either a nest, burrow or cavity.
Solitary wasps live alone in a self-constructed nest, burrow or cavity and are considered parasitoids.
Most wasp species are considered solitary wasps.
The largest social wasp is the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia).
The largest solitary wasp is the Giant Scoliid Wasp (Megascolia procer).
Social wasps are considered as pests when they build their nests near or in manmade structures. These nests make interaction with humans more likely and can result in multiple stings. People with allergies can have a severe reaction when stung by a wasp.