How to use Wasps in a sentence
The poison-glands of the sting in wasps and bees are well-known examples of these.
Hornets, bees and wasps of many varieties abound.
It is noteworthy, however, that although the manner in which the prey is stung (for example) is on the whole similar in the case of the members of any given species - that is to say, all the wasps of the species behave in very much the same manner - yet there are minor variations in detail.
These are very simple, open and generally regular flowers, white, greenish-yellow or yellow in colour and are chiefly visited by insects with a short proboscis, such as short-tongued wasps and flies, also beetles and more rarely bees.
Ants form a distinct and natural family (Formicidae) of the great order Hymenoptera, to which bees, wasps and sawflies also belong.Advertisement
Such " workers " are essential to the formation of a social community of Hymenoptera, and their wingless condition among the ants shows that their specialization has been carried further in this family than among the wasps and bees.
Further, while among wasps and bees we find some solitary and some social genera, the ants as a family are social, though some FIG.
Paired erectile plates (patagia) are borne on the prothorax in moths, while in moths, sawflies, wasps, bees and other insects there are small plates (tegulae) - see Fig.
The offspring of the virgin females are in most of these instances females; but among the bees and wasps parthenogenesis occurs normally and always results in the development of males, the " queen " insect laying either a fertilized or unfertilized egg at will.
His classification was founded mainly on the nature of the wings, and five of his orders - the Hymenoptera (bees, ants, wasps, &c.), Coleoptera (beetles), Diptera (two-winged flies), Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies), and Hemiptera (bugs, cicads, &c.) - are recognized to-day with nearly the same limits as he laid down.Advertisement
Now the Pompilidae or mason wasps provision their cells with insects of many different kinds, as well as with spiders; but, of the hundreds of species of these wasps that have been described from different parts of the world, only one is known to use ants for this purpose; and this species is not one that preys upon spiders.
Furthermore, the observations on American wasps render it probable that the earlier accounts of the instinctive behaviour of such wasps are exaggerated.
But the Peckhams' careful observations and experiments show that, with the American wasps, the victims stored in the nests are quite as often dead as alive; that those which are only paralysed live for a varying number of days, some more, some less; that wasp larvae thrive just as well on dead victims, sometimes dried up, sometimes undergoing decomposition, as on living and paralysed prey; that the nerve-centres are not stung with the supposed uniformity; and that in some cases paralysis, in others death, follows when the victims are stung in parts far removed from any nerve-centre.
Wasps, bees and hornets, generically known as hachi, differ little from their European types, except that they are somewhat larger and more sluggish.
The second (so-called " first ") abdominal segment is often very constricted, forming the " waist " so characteristic of wasps and ants for example.Advertisement
The sting of wasps, ants and bees is a modified ovipositor and is used for egg-laying by the fertile females, as well as for defence.
Thus we find throughout the order a degree of care for offspring unreached by other insects, and this family-life has, in the best known of the Hymenoptera - ants, wasps and bees - developed into an elaborate social organization.
Among the wasps the workers may only differ from the queens in size, and individuals intermediate between the two forms of female may be met with.
The feeding habits of the adult may agree with that of the larva, or differ, as in the case of wasps which feed their grubs on flies, but eat principally vegetable food themselves.
Moreover, young birds that had been taught by experience that these caterpillars are uneatable also left wasps untouched.Advertisement
Nevertheless, as explained below, it seems to be highly probable that ant-imitating insects and spiders, when the resemblance is dependent to a greater extent upon size, shape and movement than upon tint, have acquired their mimetic likeness especially to protect them from the attacks of such insect-enemies as predaceous wasps of the family Pompilidae, flies of the family Asilidae, and from socalled parasitic hymenoptera of the family Ichneumonidae, as well as from other insect-eating Arthropods.
Coleoptera (beetles) supply instances of mimicry of ants, wasps and Ichneumonids, and some defenceless forms of this order mimic others that are protected.
Many of the Syrphidae are banded black and yellow and present a general resemblance to wasps, especially when they alight, the resemblance being enhanced by a twitching action of the abdomen imitating the similar action so familiar in species of stinging hymenoptera.
But it has been ascertained that the species of Volucella which behave in this manner also visit for a like purpose the nests of wasps, which they do not resemble.
Hence it is probable that no factor has had a greater influence than these wasps in moulding the protective instincts and habits of spiders.Advertisement
Trochilium apiforme, crabroniforme - present to bees and wasps is effected in the main by the loss of the scales from the wings, leaving these organs transparent.
It is probable that Aesop did not commit his fables to writing; Aristophanes (Wasps, 1259) represents Philocleon as having learnt the "absurdities" of Aesop from conversation at banquets, and Socrates whiles away his time in prison by turning some of Aesop's fables "which he knew" into verse (Plato, Phaedo, 61 b).
It is said also to dig up the nests of wasps in order to eat the larvae, as the ratel - a closely allied South African form - is said to rob the bees of their honey.
If we narrow it down to the US, the most people are killed by bees and wasps.
The true wasps have the fore-wings folded lengthwise when at rest and the fore-legs of normal build - not specialized for digging.
The Vespidae or social wasps have " queens " and " workers " like the ants, but both these forms of female are winged; the claws on their feet are simple.
In the Eumenidae or solitary wasps the female sex is undifferentiated, and the foot claws are toothed.
The eggs are laid in the nests of various bees and wasps, the chrysid larva living as a " cuckoo " parasite.
The Trigonalidae, a small family whose larvae are parasitic in wasps' nests, also probably belong here.
Among the Vespoid families of fossorial wasps, the Pornpilidae are the most important.
In this instinct we have a correspondence with the habits of social wasps and bees.
Most of the genera are " solitary " in habit, the female sex being undifferentiated; but among the humble-bees and hive-bees we find, as in social wasps and ants, the occurrence of workers, and the consequent elaboration of a wonderful insect-society.
Bees, wasps and larger insects serve as pollinating agents FIG.
In 1555 Salah Rais, pasha of Algiers, set men to work to pull it down, but the records say that the attempt was given up because big black wasps came from under the stones and stung them to death.
Insects are numerous, and of about 500 species of beetle some 80% are not known to exist elsewhere; cockroaches and green locusts are pests, as are, also, mosquitoes,' wasps, scorpions, centipedes and white ants, which have all been introduced from elsewhere.
Wasps, 642, with which he compares Plautus, Menaechmi, 279.
But the likeness probably goes deeper than superficial resemblance that appeals to the eye, for spiders which distinguish flies from bees by touch and not by sight, treat drone-flies after touching them, not in the fearless way they evince towards bluebottles (Calliphora), but in the cautious manner they display towards bees and wasps, warily refraining from coming to close quarters until their prey is securely enswathed in silk.
Kill wasps assiduously as soon as they appear.
Ants, bees and wasps of many species, and flies and gnats abound, particularly during the summer rainy season, and at all elevations.
These spiders are very much larger and more venomous than the largest of the Lycosidae, and in the Southern states of North America the species of wasps that destroy them have been called tarantula hawks.
These wasps then eat harmful cabbage aphids which may be feeding on the plants.
Other interesting subjects to study are wasps, bees, flies, beetles, butterflies, moths, and dragonflies.
And only die-hards saw Edinburgh beat Toulouse and Wasps.
Hot summer days will find the heath grasshopper and bees on the heather blossoms, and solitary wasps mining tunnels in sandy banks.
Time to get the hatchling a Wasps babygro I think.
That, unlike the fictional wasps or flying lemurs, the effects of our being here will be very real.
Go out & knock down wasps nest with rake, feeling guilty.
At this school one summer a wasps ' nest appeared in the rabbit area.
The venom of the wasp contains a pheromone that acts as an alarm causing other wasps to become more aggressive.
Saracens were limited to attacking from Wasps errors as the champions retained some good possession going into the last quarter.
Also, the pesticide will not kill the pupa until they emerge as wasps.
Tiny parasitic wasps hatch from these cards and fly off to parasitise whitefly pupae.
King added an easy penalty in the 20th minute to allow Wasps to take the lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
The program culminated on 5 May 2002 with the budding reporters ' coverage of London Wasps ' match against Northampton Saints at Loftus Road.
London Wasps won ugly to claim the silverware at Twickenham in the Powergen Cup Final on Sunday.
On the quarter hour however, Wasps broke the stalemate.
Wasps stealing trillium seeds Another of my annual challenges is to collect the seed from Trillium ovatum before the wasps get them.
However, parasitic wasps are quick to find the eggs.
So the rest of the day was spent trying to fell the trees whilst playing hide and seek with some very angry wasps!
The tiny wasps are also a parasite to many kinds of caterpillars.
The macabre habits to which he referred are shared by their cousins the digger wasps.
A general web resource for research on figs and fig wasps is provided by the " Ficus server " .
Wasps are generally larger, have a clear wasp waist, and two pairs of wings.
Digging wasps make simple holes in the ground; many burrowing bees form branching tunnels; other bees excavate timber or make their brood-chambers in hollow plant-stems; wasps work up with their saliva vegetable fibres bitten off tree-bark to make paper; social bees produce from glands in their own bodies the wax whence their nest-chambers are built.
Hence we find that the majority of flies that mimic insects of other orders have bees or wasps for their models.
It is probable that one explanation - namely, that of protection - covers all cases of ant-mimicry; and this explanation lies in all probability in the immunity from the attacks of most insectivorous enemies that ants enjoy, and especially from predaceous wasps of the family Pompilidae which annually destroy thousands upon thousands of spiders to feed their larvae; and since more than one observer has testified to the fear and abhorrence these wasps have of ants, it is needless to look farther for the benefit ant-mimicry is to spiders.
The swarm of wasps rose up like a tornado.
Wasps scored four tries, three of them coming from John Rudd, the other from fly half Mark Van Gisbergen.
As Wasps gained in confidence pressure led to a penalty that Daniel Harvey slotted with the utmost of ease.
So the rest of the day was spent trying to fell the trees whilst playing hide and seek with some very angry wasps !
A general web resource for research on figs and fig wasps is provided by the " Ficus server ".
Wasps Active wasps ' nests in domestic premises can also be treated for a nominal charge.
Strikeback Insect Killing Spray kills most insects, such as ants, bed bugs, flying ants, fleas, cockroaches, flies, moths, wasps and mosquitoes.
Wasps, bees and hornets cause painful stings.
In today's world, when students tote guns to school and terrorist threats hover about like wasps ready to sting, campus web cams also provide safety features.
Attract and protect aphid predators such as ladybugs, lacewings, assassin bugs, praying mantis, adult wasps, spiders and chickadees.
Parasitic wasps in the garden will also take care of them.
While she may provoke a startle response from your garden visitors, an Argiope at your garden gate is a sentry, protecting you and your garden plants from wasps, mosquitos, aphids, grasshoppers, and several other pests.
Birds, insects and even wasps and yellow jackets love fresh, ripe strawberries and may grab them before you do!
Speaking of wasps and yellow jackets, wear gardening gloves when picking strawberries.
Spiders, ants, bees, and wasps are the four kinds of arthropod that most often bite people.
Ants, bees, and wasps will sting to defend their nests or if they are disturbed.
Species common to the United States include fire ants, honeybees, bumblebees, yellow jackets, bald-faced hornets, brown hornets, and paper wasps.
Children should avoid the nests of bees, wasps, and ants.
When playing outside in an area where these insects are found, children also should avoid eating sweet food or wearing bright clothing, perfumes, or cosmetics that attract bees, wasps, and ants.
The majority of insect stings in the United States are from wasps, hornets, bees, yellow jackets, and fire ants.
Paper wasps have slender, elongated bodies and are black, red, or brown with yellow markings.
It even gives examples of where to look for common household pests such as wasps and termites.
He is allergic to bees and wasps after having been stung so many times by them, but fearlessly works on bee and wasp infestations despite his allergy.
Bees are part of the Hymenoptera family, along with wasps and ants.
Unlike mosquitoes, gnats or other flying insects that bite, wasps have stingers that they use to inject poison into the skin.
Wasps live in colonies, so if you see a wasp, immediately begin searching the area for a wasp nest.
Unlike biting insects, wasps leave their stinger in the surface of the wound, continuing to deposit the venom that causes a reaction when entering the body through the bloodstream.
The game is a 2D side-scroller in which characters from the movie jump and crouch their way past obstacles, and combat enemies in the form of Flies, Wasps, and Spiders.
The wasps are said to leave the larval or pupal Metoecus unmolested, but they are hostile to the developed beetles, which hasten to leave the nest as soon as possible.
Thus, wasps catch flies; worker ants make raids and carry off weak insects of many kinds; bees gather nectar from flowers and transform it into honey within their stomachs - largely for the sake of feeding the larvae in the nest.
Wasps set their stall out from the start, our forward rucking ferociously and driving Teddington off the ball.
The wasps came by thousands to my lodge in October, as to winter quarters, and settled on my windows within and on the walls overhead, sometimes deterring visitors from entering.
Like the wasps, before I finally went into winter quarters in November, I used to resort to the northeast side of Walden, which the sun, reflected from the pitch pine woods and the stony shore, made the fireside of the pond; it is so much pleasanter and wholesomer to be warmed by the sun while you can be, than by an artificial fire.
Drones, bumblebees, wasps, and butterflies knock awkwardly against the walls of the hive in their flight.