Wasps: Do I Know You?

By Kid Reporters JORDAN BABBS and KANONI WILDER, ages 10 and 9

Photo: Courtesy of CARE_SMC
This wasp might not recognize your face, but could spot its queen in any crowd!
PHOTO: Courtesy of CARE_SMC

If you’re a person who remembers faces, you’ve got company in the animal kingdom, the wasp!  According to a University of Michigan study, scientists discovered that queen paper wasps can recognize one another’s faces. Researchers believe wasps learned to recognize faces to help keep their colonies organized. Because a wasp colony has many queens, the wasps learn to recognize different faces so they can instantly spot their own queen.

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