The dementor wasp injects a paralyzing toxin into the prey’s stomach before chowing down on the (still alive) lunch.
(Michael Ohl / Museum fur natural history)
This gives new meaning to the term ” bar fight.
The so-called “lager-lout” wasps attack on Britain after drunk drinking fermented fruit and remaining pub garden cider, stabbing anyone and everyone they can find, the Daily Mail reports.
The evil insects to get into the drink, since their normal diet, which consists of flies and sugar-spit that is produced from the queen’s larvae. The change in diet is said that happens every year, but this year is especially worse, especially as a result of the unusually cold winter of Britain experienced, which the wasps build larger than normal litters.
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Only a small drop of alcohol is enough to make the wasps angry and more likely to stick, say experts. It is the sugar that is attracting them, so that other sugary foods and beverages, such as soda, are also likely to attract wasps.
Shane Jones, who runs Ridtek Pest control, said the wasps are aggressive this time of year, but the cold winter is the cause of the wasp season to start six weeks earlier, making them a bigger nuisance for the people.
“Wasps have built absolutely huge nest and, now that all the larvae are grown up and the queen has stopped laying eggs, the colonies have a workforce with nothing to do and nothing to eat. So they go to the pub, of course,” Jones told the Daily Mail. “Wasps can’t handle their booze, so they get tanked-up and fighty – like lager louts.”
A spokesman for the Sussex Wildlife Trust said that the conditions of the past winter and spring, which led to an end of the summer, are the cause of the explosion.
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“In the spring, queen wasps awake from their winter sleep and begin to build their nest, the eggs, and raise their first brood of daughters,” the spokesman said that the comments obtained by the Daily Mail. “These worker wasps can not produce fertilized eggs, so they spend their time helping their mother to expand the nest and to more young people.”