What if everything were wasps

The most popular misconceptions about wasps

Can three hornet stings really be life-threatening for you? We clear up the most popular misconceptions about wasps!

"Hornets and wasps are more aggressive than bees."

In principle, all three species only sting when they feel threatened, their queen or their nest is attacked. The hornet, which belongs to the family of the real wasps, is wrongly the most feared of its kind because of its impressive size. Despite their size, these animals are very shy, not at all aggressive and flee at the slightest alarm. Nor are they interested in human desserts. But not least because of people's fear, the hornet has become very rare and even threatened with extinction!

"Seven hornet stings kill a horse, three a person."

This widespread assumption is also wrong! The poison of hornets is even less toxic than that of wasps or bees, but a hornet sting is more painful. So if people die from one or more hornet stings, it is at most because they are allergic to it.

"A wasp sting is more poisonous than a bee's."

Conversely, it becomes a shoe! In contrast to honey bees, wasps can sting multiple times. But even though the stinger is torn out when the bee stings and therefore cannot sting you again, its severed sting continues to pump poison into your body - more than ten times as much as a wasp sting. However, wasps are scavengers and can therefore transmit germs if they are stung.

By the way, wasps are no less useful for nature than their relatives, the bees! They hunt insects such as mosquitoes, flies, forest pests and caterpillars and, like bees, pollinate flowers in spring.

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