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    I thought that with bees, at least, most people build an immunity to them which increases with repeated contact - such as bee keepers who get stung often and then stop showing effects like swelling.

    Clearly, in some people the effect is reversed and people are very allergic, but I'm just wondering.

    Are wasps different?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post

    Are wasps different?
    No.

    As a matter of fact, some insects we classify as "solitary wasps" are in fact genetically closer to our domestic bees.
    Basically, they're all within the same clade.
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    Aye, I hate wasps with an unholy vengence and want to see them driven to extinction. They're totally and utterly evil, I dont know what we're doing to the planet to kill all the bees but we should do it slightly differently so it kills the wasps instead.

    There's horror movies and books about them being used as biological weapons. I'm sure they could be. Consequentially being WMDs the next world disarmament talks should deal with how to eradicate the wasps altogether.

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    Wasps are very useful and much maligned.

    Unlike Catholics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    You should see the mud-daubers hunting down the cabbage loopers in my garden... they look like little Apache helicopters coming in for the kill. One sting, then they grab up the little green worm and fly away with it.
    Huh...I assumed they served no purpose...I must just be thinking about the paper wasps...or yellow jackets. They're body patterns just scream 'Asshole!'

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    Yellowjackets, paper wasps, and hornets are all predators and all beneficial because of the great number of pest insects they consume.

    That doesn't keep me from despising the painful little bastards, though I will pursue a live-and-let-live approach if they have nested in an area where I don't have to encounter them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Yellowjackets, paper wasps, and hornets are all predators and all beneficial because of the great number of pest insects they consume.

    That doesn't keep me from despising the painful little bastards, though I will pursue a live-and-let-live approach if they have nested in an area where I don't have to encounter them.
    They seem to live off of us, it seems. All I see around dumpsters are yellow jackets, they've become lazy and has made it scarier to take out the trash. I have a deep-seeded fear of these creatures.

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    I thought we were going to be talking about White Anglo Saxon Protestants.

    The first time I got stung, it just itched/hurt. The second time, my arm swelled up like a football. Supposedly it progresses like that, the more you're stung, the worse the reaction.

    I've heard that bees are getting more aggressive.

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    I've been stung countless times by wasps and bees (When you're a botanist, those things do happen), and the reaction never got worse. On the contrary, I'd say that the last time I was stung by a wasp, the experience was barely more annoying than a mosquitoe's bite. But wasps are easier to elude than moquitoes: when you know them, it's easy not to attract their attention. I have even fed some on my bare hands, and they never became aggressive.

    Of course, their reaction towards men also depends of the specie you're facing. Once again, you just have to know them well. Common European wasps (Polistes sp.) are easy to manipulate, while hornets (Vespa sp.), on the other hand, can be very mischevious...
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    Hrrm, well, Blackmail, I'm a woman, so I guess wasps are just destined to hate me XD
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