No, I don’t mean the 80’s hair-metal band W.A.S.P., and I don’t mean the Marvel Comics character who is married to Ant Man, I mean those little yellow insects that are meaner than bees and steal chunks of your hamburger when you go camping or have a bbq.
According to the Red Cross in the UK, since the harvest of nectar has been so good this year, many worker wasps aren’t needed to gather anymore. Finding themselves “out of work” they have taken to drinking fermented fruit juice, aka bee hooch, and get drunk. Now that they are good and drunk, they decide to have a fun out on the town. Wasps are apparently not happy drunks and have been known to sting people for no reason when they are in this state.
“It’s hilarious that, now worker wasps have finished their life’s work, all they are doing now is feasting on fermented fruit and getting ‘drunk’. The danger for humans of course is that they may get a bit bold and attack us while we are out having a barbeque in the garden, sun bathing in the park or innocently going our merry way,” said Joe Mulligan, British Red Cross head of first aid.
Um…. I think “hilarious” is a poor choice of words honestly, but it is fascinating that an insect would turn to liquor when it’s depressed and got nothing better to do. Kinda makes me wonder how far back into our evolutionary development that particular behavior goes.
If you are stung by a wasp (or bee) the UK Red Cross suggests you use a credit card or your fingernail to flick the stinger out. This will help prevent the venom sack from emptying into your skin. Girl Scouts also taught me that a mixture of baking soda and water will help leach it out and reduce the swelling.