Great Black Wasp Stings

Do Great Black Wasps Sting?

Great black wasps are a species of digger wasp that are native throughout the U.S. These shiny black insects prey on katydids that they sting, paralyze, then lay egg on. The underground nests are often overlooked because they are small and isolated. Adults will also be found feeding on the nectar of flowers.

Like all solitary wasps, great black wasps will only sting if highly provoked. They are actually considered beneficial pollinators of several species of milkweed plants.

What Attracts and Repels Wasps?

Great black wasps are especially attracted to milkweed, goldenrod, thoroughworts, and sweet clover. To deter their presence and prevent stings, property owners can move flowering plants away from frequently visited spots in the yard.