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11 Examples of Animals That Eat Wasps

Wasp populations are a growing concern in many parts of the world as these animals’ overall population is in decline, despite wasps’ reputation for destruction and aggression. In order to combat this issue, it is important to understand the importance of animals that eat wasps and the role that wasps and their predators play in our ecosystem.

These animals play an important role in helping to keep the wasp population under control to the intended extent by feeding on them and limiting their overall numbers.

11 Animals That Eat Wasps

This list will discuss 11 animals in detail that eat wasps. Each of these animals has its own unique approach to hunting and feeding on wasps. Regardless of their specific strategies, animals that eat wasps play an important role in helping to keep this pest under control and reduce their overall numbers.

1. Dragonflies

Dragonfly
Dragonfly | Image by liggraphy from Pixabay

Dragonflies are animals that eat wasps. These fierce predators have long, slender bodies and large eyes that give them excellent vision.

They locate their prey using both sense of smell and sight, then use their powerful jaws to grab and devour the wasps. They often grab a wasp after having patiently floated on a stream, watching their potential prey, until ready to strike.

2. Beetles

Cardinal Beetle on green leaf
Cardinal Beetle on green leaf | image by gailhampshire via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Beetles are one type of animal that feeds on wasps. They have strong jaws and forelegs that they use to pierce the outer layers of the wasp’s body and pull off the tough exoskeleton. Once they’ve exposed the soft, inner tissues of the wasp, they begin to feed voraciously on them.

3. Bee Fly

Greater bee fly on yellow flower
Greater bee fly on yellow flower | image by Insects Unlocked via Flickr

The bee fly is a master at mimicking bees: they have long, hairy bodies that are marked with yellow and black stripes, much like a bee. When searching for food, they tend to hover near flowers and other insects before darting in to grab their prey. Their powerful jaws ensure that they can easily pierce the tough exoskeleton of a wasp and get at the juicy, inner tissues.

4. Robber Flies

Robber fly on dead stem
A robber fly on dead stem | image by Jean and Fred Hort via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Robber flies are another animal that feeds on wasps. These animals typically have a long, narrow body and large eyes to help them see their prey from a distance.

They use this excellent vision to spot flying wasps, then quickly dart in to grab them before moving on to the next wasp. Robber flies also have long, needle-like mouthparts that allow them to easily pierce the wasps’ tough exoskeletons and feed on their soft insides.

5. Spiders

Joro spider
Joro spider | image by Daniel Ramirez via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Spiders are another common animal that eats wasps. These animals have long, flexible legs and a body covered in tiny hairs that allow them to easily climb on walls and ceilings.

They capture their prey by spinning webs made from strong silk, which can trap even small wasps. Once the wasp is caught in the web, the spider uses its sharp fangs to inject it with venom, paralyzing the wasp and making it an easy meal.

6. Warblers

Pine warbler
Pine warbler

Warblers are tiny songbirds that have long, slender beaks that allow them to easily catch and consume flying insects, including wasps. They often sit quietly in trees or bushes for hours at a time, scanning the surroundings for prey. When they spot a wasp, they swoop down quickly to snatch it up in their beaks.

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7. Black Bears

Black bear sitting in grass
A Black bear sitting in grass

Black bears are animals that are experts at hunting insects. They have an incredibly keen sense of smell, which allows them to easily locate their prey. Once they have found a wasp nest, they will use their strong claws and jaws to rip it open and eat the wasps inside.

8. Honey Badgers

Honey badger with baby
A Honey Badger with a pup | image by Derek Keats via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Honey badgers have thick, black fur and powerful jaws that allow them to easily crush the hard exoskeletons of insects like wasps. They also have a strong sense of smell, which they use to locate their prey when foraging.

9. Bats

Bats
Bat dangling from the leaves | Image by Marcel Langthim from Pixabay

Bats are animals that are well-known for their ability to catch and consume flying insects, including wasps. These flying mammals have long, narrow wings and excellent night vision, which allows them to easily locate their prey.

They use echolocation to find their prey in the dark, using ultrasonic calls to detect even the smallest movements by bouncing high-pitched sounds off of objects around them in order to help identify their surroundings. This allows them to zero in on wasp nests with ease, swooping down and snatching up their unsuspecting victims with their sharp claws.

Once they have found a wasp, they swoop down and use their sharp teeth to bite it in half.

10. Salamanders

Salamander
Salamander | Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

Salamanders are animals that often feed on small insects, including wasps. These amphibians have long, sticky tongues that are perfectly adapted for catching their prey.

They hunt by sitting quietly in the undergrowth, keeping an eye out for any movement. When they spot a wasp flying nearby, they quickly lunge forward and use their tongues to snatch it up.

11. Toads

Oak-Toad
Oak Toad | Credits: Alabama Extension via Flickr

Toads are immune to wasp stings and are one of the animals that often eat wasps. Toads hunt wasps by hiding in wait until one comes nearby, then quickly pouncing on the unsuspecting insect.

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About Camille P.

Camille is a North Carolina native with chronic wanderlust, she has a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Drexel University with a minor in neuroscience. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and enjoying nature.