Paper Wasps

I found a wasps’ nest hanging inside a rock and took a photo before running away. I’ve never been stung by a wasp, or a bee . . . and today was not going to be the first.

I understand that while a bee stings you only once, a wasp can sting you repeatedly when it is disturbed, or if its nest is threatened.wasps nestJamaican wasps are known as Paper wasps (Polistes spp.), and their nests are usually found hanging from areas such as the eaves of roofs, window sills and the branches of trees.  They are called Paper wasps because their nests look like they were constructed from grey or brown papery material.  These nests are water resistant.

Paper wasps feed on nectar, pollen, and other insects.  They assist in pollination, and they control pest insect populations by feeding them to their larvae.paper waspI read that the darker the colour and the bigger the size of a wasp, the greater the amount of toxin in its sting. Wasp stings are painful and can cause the same kind of allergic reaction as other insect stings.

Paper wasps are not as aggressive as other wasps, but they should not be encouraged to build their nests near your home.wasp on leaf

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