Do Bugs Have Sticky Feet?

Had a yellowjacket sitting on my car this morning (just under the back seat window). I’ve never been stung by a bee, yellojacket, wasp,or hornet, so I’m frightened of them. I figured the thing would blow away…but I didn’t really believe it.

You see, I’ve had this happen before. And I can drive along at 60-70 miles an hour and they still don’t blow away. What is it with bugs, that they can do this amazing feat with their feet?

This morning when I stopped at a light I pulled out my snow scraper and nudged it off. It was very sluggish, so maybe it was dying, but why’d it have to choose my car?

So how can bugs do this?

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