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Summer of the Wasp – Guest Blog by Hunter Benson

The Thread Waisted Wasp (Ammophila is the scientific name) lives all over the United States.  They live in homes called burrows or nests.  Sometimes they make their homes underground or in trees or other undisturbed places like sheds.  To identify this insect their colors are black, orange, red or gray.  They eat flower nectar or other small insects that they grab and take into their burrow to eat.  They lay nests of eggs in their burrows.

Los Angeles Wasp Control says that even though wasps are harmful to humans they are helpful to the environment.  They help to pollinate many plants and that helps the plants to grow and be healthy.  Wasps also eat other pest insects that destroy crops.

One way that wasps are harmful is that they feed on or sting living things like people.  One wasp can sting many times.  This summer I was fishing by the river in Wisconsin and I was stung by wasps.  I had four sting welts in my left arm.

My mom also got stung by a wasp and the stinger got stuck in the welt.  This made the welt keep itching.


4 thoughts on “Summer of the Wasp – Guest Blog by Hunter Benson

  1. Another writer in the bloom. Two writers iin the family??? LOL
    Just imagine the hours of story telling fun. Wish I could be there 😉
    Take care Jeannie xx and Hunter 🙂
    p.s. Stay away from those wasps

    1. It made me smile when Hunter came home from school with this project. He chose the insect to research and together we created the story. Then Hunter chose the pictures to include.
      The wasps experiences that we had this summer weren’t part of the plan. I guess they like the river area too!
      Enjoy your day Thys!

  2. Oh Jeannie, so sorry to read this. Hope you’re okay now. Another fact about the sting of the wasp or any bee, it takes just one sting to become allergic.
    Blessings ~ Maxi

    1. Hi Maxi,
      Yes Hunter and I are both fine. Our wasp incidents didn’t occur on the same day. It seems we share the same neighborhood with the wasps. Everyone likes the river. It’s nicely landscaped with lots of flowers along the walk way.
      Love & Hugs,

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