Wasps and Hornets

These flying insects are considered pests to most because of their nasty stings.

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What are murder hornets?

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Asian giant hornets, terrifyingly nicknamed "murder hornets," are really nasty creatures. At up to an inch and a half in length, they're the largest hornets in the world. They prey on beehives, decapitating their victims and then sticking around to eat the immature bees in a horrifyingly named process called "slaughter and occupy." Murder hornets, indeed. Their sting is very painful to humans, but they don't typically bug people unless they're provoked. The bigger concern with their introduction to America is that they threaten bee populations that are already on the decline. Asian honeybees have defenses against the murder hornets—if one gets into their hive, they gather around it and vibrate their flight muscles, making too much heat and carbon dioxide for the hornet to survive. This defense gets the deceptively cute nickname of "bee ball." Honeybees in the U.S. don't make bee balls, however, and are thus really vulnerable to the murder hornets, which is why beekeepers are trying to get rid of them.
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How do bees protect themselves from ants?

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i think that bees will not encouter with ants much of the time. But I still think that they will sting.
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Which bug has a thin black body yellow legs and looks kind of like a cross between a fly a mosquito and a wasp?

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May be a crane fly a Megarhyssa macrurus or even a Sphecidae. This is the best I can do with this description. :)
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Can burrowing wood bees sting?

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the female has a stinger but the male does not
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What type of creature is a bee?

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A bee is an insect (three body sections and six legs) of the order hymenoptera (membrane winged).
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Do honeybee queens sometimes quack?

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Yes, Queen bees can and so make quacking sounds in the hive. I have a next under my office shed and it has been driving me mad looking for the source of this quacking sound. After seeing several honey bees flying underneath I did some research and indeed found that they do quack. Bizarre but definitely true. From Wiki: Piping Piping describes a noise made by virgin and mated queen bees during certain times of the virgin queens' development. Fully developed virgin queens communicate through vibratory signals: "quacking" from virgin queens in their queen cells and "tooting" from queens free in the colony, collectively known as piping. A virgin queen may frequently pipe before she emerges from her cell and for a brief time afterwards. Mated queens may briefly pipe after being released in a hive. Piping is most common when there is more than one queen in a hive. It is postulated that the piping is a form of battle cry announcing to competing queens and the workers their willingness to fight. It may also be a signal to the worker bees which queen is the most worthwhile to support. The piping sound is a G♯ or A♮. The adult queen pipes for a two-second pulse followed by a series of quarter-second toots.[2] The queens of Africanized bees produce more vigorous and frequent bouts of piping.
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What are good bumble bee names?

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Steeler, Yellow Jack, Bum Bee.
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What eats the parasitic wasp?

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Parasitic wasps specifically seemed to be used as a natural pesicide, controlling grubs, stink bugs, and other pests that can ruin gardens. There doesn't seem to be any clear answer on a specific predator for parasitic wasps. Though various birds and spiders are natural predators of wasps in general.
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Will a salt water pool keep bees away?

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No. Beehives are often located near a water source. Occasionally some worker bees will even be sent out to gather some water to bring back to the hive to help with the process of converting nectar to honey as well as to make wax. Also, water sources usually have the most varieties of flowers around them to provide bees with pollen and nectar. So, really, you'll more likely attract bees who have been sent to seek water.
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Do bees have knees?

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Bees have jointed legs, and they have femurs and tibias, but no patellas (knee caps) so can't really be said to have knees.
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What is the deadliest wasp?

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no wasps are deadly unless you are stung in the throat, or allergic. if a very large swarm attacked a small child death may be possible.... but other than that.. the most painful? in my experience is probably the European wasp its much worse than other species of vespidae such as the paper wasp. but it really does depend on the person
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How many eggs does a queen bee lay in her life?

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Clearly this will depend upon how long the queen bee lives for. In practice beekeepers like to have young healthy queens and so will often replace them before they live their full span. In theory a queen bee could live for 3 to 5 years and during peak times of the year she could be laying 2,000 eggs a day. But in Winter the number of eggs laid will be zero or close to zero when conditions are very cold. That being the case it is quite possible that a queen bee could lay anything from one to two million eggs in her lifetime.
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Can you die from gingivitis?

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No. Gingivitis is simply inflammation of the gums. It is the most common oral disease in humans, affecting small children and adults of all ages. It is generally reversible with good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and perhaps a dental cleaning at a dental office.
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What is another name for a breeder of bees?

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The alternative name for somebody who keeps bees is an apiarist - derived from the Latin name for the bee: Apis. Bee breeding is something that many beekeepers facilitate or try and control one way or another but, apart from those who artificially inseminate bees under a microscope, we leave the important stuff to the bees.
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How long does it take for the burn stop from a bee sting?

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Local reactions such as burning pain and itching, although unpleasant, are not considered signs of an allergic reaction to bee or wasp stings. A sharp, burning sensation at the site of a bee sting is a normal, non-allergic reaction and can last up to two hours, though it often subsides in a few minutes. Soreness at the sting site can last several hours, or even a few days. Other normal reactions include redness at the site of the sting, a small white dot where the stinger penetrated the skin, and swelling around the location. Itching also can be quite bothersome! A stronger local reaction sometimes occurs in about 10 percent of people, which can also include extreme redness and swelling at the site of the sting which grows larger over a day or two. This type of local reaction usually resolves in about a week. However, there are more serious symptoms after a bee or wasp sting that should prompt a call to 9-1-1 right away, even if the person experiences only one or two of these: difficulty breathing; swelling of the person's throat and tongue; a weak and rapid pulse; low blood pressure; nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea; dizziness or fainting; and loss of consciousness. These likely indicate a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, and only 2 to 3 percent of the population will experience them.
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What does a dead queen bee symbolize?

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in most species of the bees, if a queen is found dead then there is no leader. you may think that they would just get another queen, but in most hives they would just leave the nest looking for another hive to settle in. though if a queen is killed by a human or some other mammal. i'd imagine they would try to sting it
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How do you make a queen bee leave the nest?

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The queen bee of a hive does not leave the nest by any means. Without a queen bee, a hive simply cannot exist. If one were to remove the queen bee, it would be a matter of hours before the hive is in complete chaos. In the event the queen bee is about to die, there is already a "lady-in-waiting" to take her place. In simpler terms, the queen cannot be persuaded to leave. It is simply not in their design.
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What kingdom does a bumble bee belong to?

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animalia (or animal) six kingdoms: archaebacteria, eubacteria, protists, plantae, animalia, fungi
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Where are the everyday uses of neutralisation?

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if you get stung by a bee you put an alkali on it eg bicarbonate of soda and when you get stung by a wasp put vinigar on.
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How can you help a dying bee?

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Nice to see there are decent people out there. Bees are very important to the survival of plants and fruit trees, which provide us humans with food and oxygen. Bees are actually not aggressive insects. They will not attack humans for no reason, unlike wasps. A bee approaching a human is just curious about that person and means no harm. Bumble bees are the most passionate and peaceful of the bee species. Unfortunately sometimes bees get hurt by other animals or become too cold. When this happens, the best thing you can really do is pick the bee up (not with your hands, it may mistake you for a threat) and place it in a flower bed, or at least out the way of any immediate danger. Bees are very social creatures. It's not uncommon to see a small group of bees approach another bee who has been injured or is dying. When they do, you need to be careful, because they could mistake you for a threat and sting you to defend their injured friend. Some species of bee are protected by law in most of the civilised world. So killing them is a criminal offence.
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How do wasps find their way to the hive?

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Bees and wasps use sunlight as a compass. They know the direction of the sun with respect to the direction that they are flying so they can find their way back. Bees rely primarily on the Sun as a reference point for navigation, keeping track of their flight direction with respect to the Sun, and factoring out the effects of the winds that may be blowing them off course. The Sun is a difficult landmark for navigation because of its apparent motion from east to west, but bees are born knowing how to compensate for that. When a cloud obscures the Sun, bees use the patterns of ultraviolet polarized light in the sky to determine the Sun's location. When an overcast obscures both Sun and sky, bees automatically switch to a third navigational system based on their mental map of the landmarks in their home range.

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