What are Wasps?

A wasp is any insect of the narrow-waisted suborder Apocrita family, which is neither a bee nor an ant. The wasps do not constitute a complete natural group with a single ancestor, as their common ancestor is shared by bees and ants. Many wasps can sting their insect prey. They are omnivores and can grow to up to 2 inches long.

Wasp on purple flower
Wasp on purple flower

Wasps in Mississippi

There are multiple species of wasp in Mississippi. Some commonly seen species are yellow jackets, hornets, paper wasps, mud daubers, cicada killers, and velvet ants (actually a wasp and not an ant). Social wasps, such as yellow jackets and hornets, have a colony to defend and will sting to protect their nests.

Are Wasps a threat?

Most animals have developed a well-earned fear of stinging wasps and give them a wide berth. Anyone who haplessly stumbles upon a wasp colony or has the audacity to disturb a nest will find themselves quickly swarmed. A social wasp in distress emits a pheromone that sends nearby colony members into a defensive, stinging frenzy. Unlike bees, wasps can sting repeatedly.


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