An introduction to social wasps

Social wasps are the wasps that come to mind immediately when wasps are mentioned. They use their stings primarily to defend their nests,which can house colonies of hundreds or even thousands of individuals, and a wasp nest will often strike fear into the hearts of many people. Wasp nests are thus destroyed all the time.

Though wasps must always be treated with respect,there is no need to show excessive fear for them. Indeed, though they can be pests at times by being attracted to food we eat, they are mostly helpful as they kill many pests such as flies and caterpillars. If you are careful,wasps can even be interesting to watch.

Interested to know more? Go on to the next page to find out more about their biology. Or, if you have read that already, or if you know about wasps in general and want to see descriptions of species from Asia and elsewhere, proceed here.

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