The Things a Wasp Will Have to Do to Feed Her Young
Although it is hard to picture a wasp attacking an enormous tarantula, this scenario can happen. Your ordinary wasp has been known to attack the Baboon Spider. The Baboon Spider can grow to be as large as a small bird. It has large fangs, hairy legs, and a very sticky web, whereas the typical wasp has only the advantage of its ability to fly and, of course, its sting. So can the wasp emerge as the victor if these two creatures are pitted against each other
Well, as it turns out, yes! But the wasp does not just kill the tarantula. The wasp easily breaks through the tarantula’s web, and proceeds to rudely invade the tarantula’s home, craving the three and a half ounces of protein that this particular tarantula is packing. Naturally, this home invasion catches the tarantula off guard, forcing them to retreat. The ordinary wasp can easily catch up to the tarantula and sting the poor guy, putting him into a coma.
The rest of the tarantula’s days involves it being used as an incubator for the wasp’s offspring only to be eventually eaten by the wasps larvae. Not a bad story if you cannot stand tarantulas, and cannot get enough of wasp babies.
Have you ever seen a smaller insect attacking a larger one? Do you know of any animals that do this as well?
Why Do Some Insects Sting?
So when a wasp or a bee stings us are they just being jerks? Although, as many of us know, getting stung by an insect sure feels as though we have been done a wrong in which we have little chance of reciprocating. But perhaps we should cut those stinging insects a little slack.
As can be guessed, insects possess stingers in order to secure food. For example, Parasitic Wasps will sting and therefore disable caterpillars to provide food for their young. This violent method of securing food may be a far cry from hopping in the car to make a trip to Trader Joes, but we can certainly understand the noble desire to feed our young. Bulldog ants will also subdue larger insects with their fear inducing stingers.
Of course providing sustenance is not the only reason insect’s evolved stingers. Lets consider the honeybee. Honeybees, as we know from their title, love honey, but so do bears. If there is one single source of honey, which animal do you think will fend off the other in order to enjoy that wonderful sweetness? Turns out bees will often deter bears from chowing on caches of honey by stinging them if they come near the sought after honey.
Although being stung by an insect is unpleasant, it may not be a bad idea to cut them a break since their stingers are their primary tool for defense and sustenance.
Have you ever been stung by a bee or wasp? Why did you think they stung you?
See the World Through a Wasp’s Eye View
We have heard it once, and we will hear it again. What’s the point of wasps? Unlike bees that serve a distinct purpose, wasps just seem to fly around angrily and sting without warrant.
Well, that is not exactly true, but regardless of what you think of wasps, we think you’ll be impressed by this video that shows what a wasp sees as it leaves its nest.
Researchers who captured the video found that before a wasp leaves its home, it gradually moves around the nest, gaining height and distance with every spin. Then, once enough momentum has been built, the wasp flies away. This ritual helps them remember the location of their home, so they can be sure to make it back.
“Our findings tell how wonderfully autonomous, flexible and robust wasps are with their ability to know places in the world and shuttle back and forth between them,” said researcher Jochen Zeil from Australian National University in Canberra. “They share this fundamentally important skill with most animals on Earth.”
It seems that wasps are much more advanced than some originally thought. However, this shouldn’t change anyone’s point of view of them completely. They are potentially very dangerous pests that need to be addressed by a professional pest management company.
What do you think? Are you impressed with how wasps see and maneuver?
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