Wasps Are Annoying. Drunk Wasps Are Even Worse

Wasps are annoying and hurt when they sting you, but now they’re actually getting drunk and going on stinging rampages.

By DAVID on August 9, 2018
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We all hate wasps. They buzz around our backyard barbecues, get into our cars and houses, and they hurt. They’re like angry bees, they’ll go out of their way to get you it seems. They’re even angrier drunks.

Wait – drunk wasps? Yep. It’s happening over in Britain, which is currently experiencing a wasp food shortage. It’s not like you can go to the store to get wasp feed, hear me out though. The wasps eat on various fruits and things that they find near their hives. Problem is, a lot of those fruits are drying out. What happened when fruit dries out and gets old? It ferments. The wasps are literally getting drunk off fermented fruit.

They’re tiny little creatures, and when they’re late in their lifecycle, they crave sugar more than other foods. They search food out, and end up where the humans are because our food is very sugary. They’ll literally feed on old decaying fruit and even beer at the bar. They’re literally going to the bar for alcohol. Just a few drops is enough to get them hammered, and they’re going on stinging rampages. This all doesn’t sound fun at all.

The way wasps eat is sort of a long story, so I’ll do my best to summarize it here. The queen lays the eggs, the larvae. Adult wasps will “chew up” food, and feed it to the babies. The babies then produce a sugary “spit” that the adults feed on. The adults can’t eat whole food themselves since their “insides” are constricted. Towards the end of the summer, the larvae grow and leave the nest, leaving all those adults with no food source. That’s why they’re going out looking for sugary things. Just so happens that they’re finding alcohol. It’s a very interesting phenomenon and worth checking out over here.

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