The tall person told me that Georgia has some of the largest bees and wasps he has ever seen and he has seen some big ones in his travels. I swatted a wasp yesterday and was about to eat it when the tall person stopped me. He said I would be hurt if it stung my mouth. Hmm, how can something much smaller than me hurt me? The tall person could see that I had my doubts so he promised to catch one and show me how dangerous they can be.
Sure enough, two wasps came into the house this morning and the tall person caught them and released one outside but kept the other in a wine glass so I could safely see it.
The wasp buzzed angrily as it tried to find a way out. The tall person explained that a wasp can sting many times, like a venomous machine gun, and people can die if they have an allergic reaction to the venom. He said it is important to keep calm when you see one. If you do it will probably go away but if you try to swat it and you kill or injure it a scent is released that will bring other wasps racing to the rescue.
Hmm, it appears that I have greatly underestimated these tiger-striped devils.
The tall person carefully picked up the wine glass and I followed him to the balcony and watched him release the wasp into the air. As he did, he told me that wasps eat a lot of insects and because of this we should see them as friends and not enemies.
Ok, I know one thing for sure – I won’t be putting one of these friends in my mouth!