MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: How do wasps/stinging insects see

Date: Mon Jul 18 05:46:31 2005
Posted By: Rob Campbell, Postdoctoral researcher, Biological Oceanography
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 1121627684.Zo

Hi Drew:

Wasps and bees (family Hymenoptera) do have chemosensors on their antennae that are capable of detecting CO2. They also usually have large, well developed compound eyes, and pretty good vision - so while can "smell" the CO2 you emit, they can also track you visually without any problems. I'd say that the best strategy to employ after disturbing a nest is still to run as fast as you can!

Hope that helps,
Rob Campbell, MAD Scientist

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