Illustrated by David Besenger
Striped Skunk vs. Yellow Jackets
When they sting, yellow jackets release odors called “alarm pheromones” that rally other members of the hive to attack.
Stun Gun Buns
A yellow jacket’s business end is tipped with a stinger that the wasp can jab into an attacker over and over again.
Skunks search for snacks after dark when yellow jackets are resting in their nests.
Long, strong claws on a skunk’s front paws help it dig into hardpacked dirt and rip apart hives.
and the winner is…
Although a large hive can contain 2,000 angry yellow jackets, a skunk’s thick fur protects the hungry hunter from most stings. Despite their swarming attack, the wasps won’t win.
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