Wasps are fascinating and beautiful winged insects. They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. There are more than 100,000 species, or kinds, of wasps worldwide.

Though female wasps can sting, most wasps are gentle. Some are stingless. You might call wasps good neighbors because they control insect pests, pollinate plants, and provide food for wildlife.

Many wasps start flying in the spring or early summer when the weather grows warm. Have you seen any wasps in Minnesota this year? Take a look at the photographs in this story. You might see some insects that you didn't know were wasps!

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