A wasp is an insect that is yellow and black with a powerful sting. Unlike their look-alikes, bees, wasps can sting a variety of times, while a bee can only sting once, and then will die. There are many families of wasps, and they belong to the Hymenoptera order.
Wasps are usually yellow and black, but many species are just black or metallic. Some even have orange splotches and hairs. A wasp has two wings and an ovipositor, which could possibly be long in some species. Certain species may also have long antennae. A wasp's size may be between 1/128 inches to 2 1/2 inches.
Unlike a bee, a wasp can go solo and usually doesn't look for honey for a colony. Wasps are known to be agressive and will lay their eggs practically anywhere. The larvae will eat whatever their parents eat. After their pupal stage, the pupa will become a mature wasp.
Usually a wasp is brightly colored to warn predators it is not tasty or will harm them, but some species are fully black or metallic, so foolish predators will find them as an easy meal. Stinging is actually their primary attack.
Since their are so many species of wasps, there are also many feeding habits they can have, and practically all the feeding habits are used by wasps.
Wasps are known worldwide, except in very cold regions.
Certain species and families of wasps have been known to be pests, but most species have been known to kill pests.