The other day, talking with some colleagues, I realized the disinformation that there is regarding these little ones and the bad reputation that is attributed to them unjustly.
In fact, there were some of them who even defended the position that the wasps were only able to bite and not to sting.
So, after conducting research in this regard, I hope to shed some light on this issue.
And we start from the basis that even though the wasps get the worst reputation, they are not as bad as they seem; like almost all living beings on this planet, they have a function.
It is true that they are somewhat more unruly than bees, but it is given to their pest control function; they feed heavily on other insects, such as crickets, caterpillars and flies, among others.
Of which we deduce, obviously, that they are carnivorous and that therefore they need a powerful jaw; jaw with which, indeed, they are capable of also biting human flesh and harm.
However, there are many people who believe that wasps only bite and that it is only for bees to sting.
Well, as shown by many images taken (above one of them) and much didactic material, the wasps also have a sting.
In fact, in the case of wasps, it is a retractable stabbing weapon that they use on multiple occasions, not like the case of bees that only sting once and leave in it the sting and the life.
The differences at a glance are not very large; the sting of the wasp is smoother and that of the bee more serrated.
This serrated form is precisely the one that does not allow the bee to retract the sting once it has stuck in the flesh and, in addition, in the case of the common bee, that sting is attached to part of the abdominal area and the poison inoculating ganglion.
And here I am going to demystify another fact: not all species of bees die after stinging once; that only happens in the case of the common or honey bee.
It is also true that bees have jaws, but their mouthpiece is more focused on being able to getting the nectar and use those jaws only to crush the pollen.
Something in which both species agree is that they secrete a pheromone while they sting that alerts and encourages others in the colony to do the same.
So I give you a little advice before finishing with the article.
If you are bitten by a hymenoptera…, DO NOT STOP to tell if it is a wasp or a bee…: JUST RUN!
Oh, I almost forgot: Did you know that bees descend from wasps? That’s right! More than a hundred million years ago, a group of wasps began to feed on prey that carried pollen until eventually, it ended up becoming the current bees that only eat pollen.
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