While those who live in rural areas might be familiar with them, a video showing the inside of a wasp’s nest or a hornet’s nest (without the wasps or hornets inside) has baffled tens of millions.
A family who runs the “What’s Inside” YouTube channel said they bought a wasp’s nest on eBay before getting it shipped to them in a box.
The basketball-sized wasp’s nest is then sawed in half with a bread knife.
When the YouTuber opens it, it shows layers of a paper-like substance. The inside shows a honeycomb-like structure. One of the kids sees a dead wasp that remained inside.
The video amassed more than 40 million views on YouTube.
“Bet the wife loves that this is being done on her dining room table,” wrote one person.
“Do wasps know they can buy nest in ebay,” asked another.
Added one: “It’s not a wasp nest. It’s clearly a hornets nest. Pretty cool of Dad to get one (even if he did have to buy it) for the boys to investigate. That’s real education right there, more than you learn in high school these days!”
Said another: “Thought it was funny the dad wears gloves……kids tear into it barehanded.”
Most Painful Insect?
“Just lie down and scream” is the advice of a peer-reviewed journal if you’re bitten by the nefarious tarantula hawk.
The insect, specifically, is a spider wasp that hunts tarantulas, native to nearly every continent. They’ve been spotted as far north as Logan, Utah, in the U.S. and in Argentina.
Tarantula hawk females, the ones with the stinger, don’t sting often. But when they do, it’s said to be extremely painful.
“There are some vivid descriptions of people getting stung by these things,” said invertebrate biologist Ben Hutchins of the Texas Parks and Wildlife, “and their recommendation—and this was actually in a peer-reviewed journal—was to just lie down and start screaming, because few if any people could maintain verbal and physical coordination after getting stung by one of these things. You’re likely to just run off and hurt yourself. So just lie down and start yelling,” according to Wired Magazine.
Hutchins said they are also “really bold in terms of wasps.”
“Researchers think that’s because they have very few natural predators. They have such an effective deterrent mechanism, and that’s their really painful sting,” he noted.
In an Imgur post, one person described being stung by the insect.
“Within half a second of being stung, the pain begun, and I dropped straight to the ground and started screaming my head off (I wish I had been recording – it’d make a good Wasted gif, I bet). It was excruciating, all-encompassing – I lost the ability to think about anything else but the brutal, blinding pain wracking my body,” the person wrote.