Did you know? Which striped insects sting?

There are several other harmless garden creatures that use yellow and black stripes to deceive predators into thinking they are dangerous, but which ones sting? Bill Butterworth reveals which striped insects sting

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WASPS – YES! 

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The abdomen of the wasp has rings of sharp yellow and black.  The wasp sting has no barb and it can be withdrawn and used again. 

WASP BEETLE – NO 

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Beetle wasps fly to visit flowers.  Look out for the black and white striped abdomen – a good clue is the white stripes are curved. Does not sting. 

HOVERFLY – NO

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Hoverflies do not sting, but they often have wasp-like yellow-and-black stripes on the abdomen. Look out for a telltale vertical black strip down the back of the abdomen. 

HONEY BEE – YES

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The honey bee has softer brown and black rings on the abdomen and it can sting usually only once because the sting has a barb that pulls (fatally) the bee’s venom sack with it. 

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