|MadSci Network: Zoology|
Venom can be injected by a dead wasp (or a bee) within a short time of its death, just like dead rattlesnakes can inject venom by reflex. It depends on just how recently the animal has died. The venom of course deteriorates with time and so the old story of a broken rattlesnake fang in the boot causing the death of anyone putting the boot on is totally mythical. As to your possible allergy to venoms, I cannot give you a real answer. People normally swell up when stung by a wasp. People who are allergic usually have breathing problems. To be sure (without the experience) you should consult a medical doctor. Reference: Bee stings, Bee sting, Bees, Wasps http://www.rb59.com/medical-health-info/bee-stings.html
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