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The Ultimate Wasp Quiz
by Staff
Do you remember the first time you saw a wasp is and thought it was the world's largest, scariest bee? While wasps and bees share certain features, wasps have their own lifestyle, which differs greatly from that of bees. Do you know how wasps work? Take this quiz to learn more about the bee's more frightening cousin -- the wasp.

What is the evolutionary relationship between wasps and bees?

  • Wasps and bees both evolved from the same pre-historic insect.
  • Bees evolved from wasps.
  • Wasps evolved from bees.

Which of these Hollywood blockbusters was influenced by the life cycle of wasps?

  • Alien
  • The Fly
  • Jurassic Park

Approximately how many species of wasps are there?

  • 2000
  • 20000
  • 200000

What are the exoskeletons of wasps made of?

  • chitin
  • bone
  • enamel

How many legs do wasps have?

  • four
  • six
  • eight

The wings of a wasp are attached to what body part?

  • the head
  • the thorax
  • the abdomen

Which sex of wasp has a stinger?

  • male
  • female
  • both

The organ that eventually evolved into the wasp stinger was called what?

  • ovipositor
  • the hemothorax
  • the stigma

Having washed a wasp sting, what is the next step?

  • Apply ice.
  • Remove the stinger.
  • Coat the area with anti-itch cream.

What is the primary purpose of wasp venom?

  • It's designed to ruin picnics.
  • It's designed to paralyze small insects.
  • It's designed to sweeten the pollen of small flowers.

When a wasp stings you, where does the venom go?

  • It is injected directly into the blood stream.
  • It remains and festers between layers of skin.
  • It goes directly to the marrow of the closest bone.

Which of these hormones, found in wasp venom, causes a loss of blood flow to the stung area?

  • serotonin
  • norepinephrine
  • dopamine

Scientists at the University of Georgia are attempting to train wasps to detect which of these?

  • drugs
  • terrorist weapons
  • missing children

A single wasp larva might consume how many spiders?

  • 15
  • 40
  • 85

The average yellow jacket colony has how many wasps?

  • around 40
  • around 400
  • around 4,000

Which of these insects is a species of wasp?

  • bubble bees
  • termites
  • velvet ants

Why should you avoid killing a wasp near its nest?

  • It's cruel.
  • It's dangerous.
  • It's bad for the environment.

During which season should you knock down wasp nests?

  • summer
  • spring
  • winter

Which of these is likely to attract wasps?

  • perfume
  • deodorant
  • body odor

What is the only reason a wasp will attack a human?

  • hunger
  • boredom
  • aggression