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Why Do Wasps Sting?

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Unprovoked wasps very rarely sting people and will only do so in defence. Wasps are attracted to food and many people get stung as a result of flicking them away. Believe it or not, wasps are particularly partial to fish sandwiches and soft drinks ~ so pack peanut butter in your picnic instead!

A wasp will also sting an intruder if they think that they are going near the wasp nest. They can easily attack someone that they think is an intruder up to seven meters away, so pay attention if there are a lot of wasps around the area you are in because it could mean that there is also a wasp nest near by.

The main venom in a wasp sting is protein and some people can be allergic to this. If immediate medical treatment isn't sort, some people allergic to wasp sting can die from this venom. If provoked, wasps will sting more than once.
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if it is true that wasps very rarely sting people and will do so only in defence, then why is it that 2 times in 48 hours I have been stung on my way down the stairwell between the second and first floor in about exactly the same place on my arm? I do not see any wasp nests, yet this is the second time here in my new home on the sixth floor of an apartment building. I did not attack the wasp. I was merely going downstairs.
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I agree with stung twice. I'm allergic to bees and I found out the hard way when I was in the elevator with a bunch of people. I didn't even know the thing was in the elevator until it stung me. Another time, about 2 days later I was walking by some apple trees. I got stung in the thigh while the people messing with the trees were left alone. 3rd time I was walking to class with a friend and the same kind of bee came out of nowhere and stung me in the neck. It's like they are trying to kill me.
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As for stungtwice, my boyfriend who works on a farm once told me that if you're stung, the bee leaves behind some sort of scent that attracts other bees and you are likely to get stung again because of that. I don't know how true this is and i've never researched it but my first two stings were about the same time apart as yours so i think that there may be some credit to this statement.
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lee burnham answered
Iv never heard anything so thick, imo and vast experience everytime iv ever seen a wasp its gone for me and iv had to leg it lol. I have also been stung twice in my 28years on this planet for no reason whatsoever.
You have to understand, Bees are peaceful creatures that will DIE if they sting you so only do so in self defence. Wasps on the other hand are nasty little buggers with unlimited stinging power so they just think "chuff it...I'm going to sting everything that moves". I have also come to believe they can detect fear as dogs can so maybe they sting on that basis, who knows, but I hates em!
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Glen Thornbury answered
The wasp stings to get food and protect itself if threatened, only.
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I was stung... Sitting on my computer minding my own business..... ? ... Self defense? I didnt do anything too it !!! But it stung me.... -_-...
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They sting if you provoke them,  they have 2 parts of their stinger, and they put 1 part in, and the other part goes past it, and then the 1st part goes past that part, until it is embedded in the skin. They can pull out their stinger because the barbs r on the inside, so when they sting the barbs go out, and when they want to pull out the stinger, they pull the barbs back in, so they can sting multiple times.

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