What Are Some Facts About Wasps?

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Facts about wasps include that there are more than 30,000 different wasps in the world, that wasps come in many different colors, that wasps have a more narrow waist when compared to bees and that not all wasps sting people. Most wasps are non-stinging wasps.

In terms of color, wasps may be red, blue or gray as well as yellow and brown. Most wasps range in size up to 1.5 inches in length. Although most wasp species are solitary creatures, there are several species that are social and live in groups, which are referred to as colonies. Wasps exist in large numbers throughout the world and are not protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Wasps play an important role in pest control. The agricultural industry uses wasps on a regular basis in order to keep pests away from crops.

Every species of wasp builds nests to live in. They are created from wood fibers that the wasp carefully chews into a tough material. More than 29,000 of the 30,000 wasp species choose to build these nests and live in them alone. However, the other 1,000 wasp species build large nests so that the entire wasp colony can live in the nest together.