Only female wasps can sting; but, unlike bees, they have un-barbed stings and can make repeated thrusts. Wasps' main food consists of insects. At about this time of year they become lazy and favour sweet things such as rotting apples.
Almost the entire colony dies out in late autumn. Only a minute proportion of the queens - fewer than one per cent - gets through the winter, which they survive by hibernating under the bark of trees, in leaf-litter or curtains.Reuse content