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Common wasp

Common wasp

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DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Common Wasp. High speed photograph of a common adult worker wasp (Vespula vulgaris) in flight above a yellow flower. The wasp has clear yellow and black markings which in nature are warning colours. These warn potential predators that the insect has a defence mechanism such as a venomous sting. The wasp's sting (in its abdomen, not visible here) can inject venom into the skin. Pain and swelling result, but stings are only dangerous to humans in cases of allergy or obstruction to the windpipe. Common wasps are social insects, rearing their young in paper nests made by chewing up wood pulp. They feed on insects and carrion.

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