This is the very essence of what I want to tell my friends every time we see a wasp, and I freak out, and they're like 'oh it's just a wasp it won't hurt you'. Yes. Yes it will. It will fucking hurt you. It'll hurt you so bad your long-lost twin-brother-separated-at-birth will end up in the hospital. It's a fucking wasp, it lives to cause pain and misery! I have totally got to show this to my girlfriend! See? SEE? IT'S TRUE! WASPS ARE THE VERY SOUL OF EVIL!!!
Last summer I had to fight wasps. They squatted our roll-up shutter box. I bought a wasp killer spray poison. The can shoots a stream of deadly foam for 15 meters. Once the wasp touches it, it dies. There's a bloody reason for that long range.
In a sense this pic "bugs" me (lol) I don't know exactly who created this but this wasp is a cicada killer Sphecius speciosus and it is very beneficial in a sense that it keeps the population of Tibicen (Cicadas) at a constant level... And the males DO land on flowers and probably so do the females so they DO pollinate... Wasps play a very important role in the Hymenopteran world/Insect world, it's really too bad wasps have such a bad rap in this world :/
I think it is a general problem with the English language. I have seen many English tv-shows / movies, where some character claim that something that is clearly a wasp-nest is actually a beehive. Beehives don't hang dangling from trees only wasp-nest does that, and the aggressive flying insects that come out of the nest is also clearly wasp / hornets, not the fluffy peaceful bee, that only stings as an absolute last resort. When I was a child I used to catch honeybees with my hands. Keep them in there as they buzzed and then release them again. Not once did they sting me. Wasps on the other hand often stung me, despite the fact that I never did anything to antagonise them. I honest can't understand why English/American people can't tell the difference, their difference are as big as the difference between a horse and a cow.
Seriously who doesn't know the difference between a wasp and a bee. Bee's a nice, they produce honey, and if they sting you, they dies, so they don't sting you unless they feel you are a treat to the hive. Wasp on the other hand can sting as much as they want and seems to actually enjoy doing it. In fact they hunt flies and other insects kill them with their sting and then eat them. If there are enough wasp around they will fucking eat you, like piranhas with wings