Day 338: Great Black Wasp

“A large all black wasp with blue-black wings is called a great black wasp. This type of wasp has long and spiny legs and is about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length. Great black wasps are found all around North America, New Mexico and Canada and can often be found eating nectar and pollen from flowers in the summer. Female great black wasps have stingers and do not have a group hive to protect, so they rarely sting humans. The stingers on great black wasps are used to immobilize their prey so they can give it to their babies. Great black wasps will sting a human if they are mistreated or believe they might be in danger. The stings from this species of wasp are relatively painful, but they are harmless unless the person stung is allergic. Great black wasps are beneficial because they help control the population of katydids and grasshoppers.” To read more click here

11 thoughts on “Day 338: Great Black Wasp

  1. What a well ‘dressed’ little chap with those beautiful blue wings! Anything with a stinger is always best seen at a run able distance lol. You got a great picture of an insect I have never heard of before Jackie ๐Ÿ™‚

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