"Nobody knows why these things have turned up all over Springfield, they always seemed to turn up whenever something exciting happens. I don't know what they are, but violence is always an appropriate response in the face of the unknown."
Wasp cameras are a type of camera disguised as a huge flying wasp which appear in every level of The Simpsons: Hit & Run, where they are spying on the citizens of Springfield. If you stand around a wasp for too long, it will prepare to fire an electric projectile from its stinger that will shock the player, making them drop 5 coins per each projectile hit. It's often best to avoid their attacks with fast circling movement and jumps. Anything that deals damage from a kick (usually from a jumping kick) or car impact will destroy them and make them drop a wad of coins.
There are always twenty wasps per level of the game and they have to be destroyed to give the player 100% on that level's Level progress screen. There are a total of 140 wasps throughout the game, and become tougher to defeat as the game progresses:
In Levels 1, 2 and 3 the wasps will shoot one projectile.
In Levels 4, 5 and 6, the wasps will shoot 3 projectiles in a volley instead of one.
In Levels 5, 6 and 7, the wasps gain a shield which makes them harder to destroy. From now on, you have to hit them twice to destroy them via first destroying the shield.
In Level 7, the wasps will shoot 5 projectiles at once in a volley, making it a lot harder to avoid them.
Upon collecting a wrench or a Collector Card, the wasp(s) will begin charging their laser. They also have 3 different A.I. settings:
Docile; only flying in exact area that it's at.
Flying towards you.
Hostile; will try to evade you no matter what while charging their shot. Level 7 wasps will also move very erratically to avoid getting hit upon their shield being taken down.
Interestingly enough, it is possible to have wasps shoot at nearby civilians, which will send them flying as if they were hit by a car. This can even apply to any NPC drivers in the player's primary vehicle should it be parked near a wasp, which can allow the wasp to shoot the driver out of their vehicle, but cause a glitch where the game will continue to register them as still inside said vehicle.
It is also possible for two or more wasps in close proximity of each other to shoot at themselves when positioned properly in between them; their own projectiles can both damage their shield and destroy any other wasps.