Are you afraid of Wasps?
Why do wasps exist? Tune in and let’s find out more.
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While many see them as unfriendly bees who sting out of spite, their aggression could be interpreted as a fierce form of family protection.
Wasps have thousands of species
They are hugely understudied and even more underappreciated, with hundreds of thousands of different species carrying out jobs in our ecosystems.
Some wasps live together in nests whereas others hunt solo, paralysing prey with antibiotic-laden venom.
In abundance, they can destroy environments – outcompeting most creatures and taking resources for themselves – but could we harness their predatory powers to take on pest control?
Adam Hart and guests are a-buzz about this much-maligned insect and explore why we should be giving them more credit.
Professor Seirian Sumner, a behavioural ecologist at University College London, and Dr Jenny Jandt, an ecologist at the University of Otago, New Zealand.