Wasps: they need love

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WASPS de­serve to be loved just like bees, say sci­en­tists.

A study sug­gests that a lack of in­for­ma­tion is why wasps end up get­ting a bad rep­u­ta­tion. The in­sects are ac­tu­ally a very im­por­tant part of the ecosys­tem, but they are often as­so­ci­ated with un­pleas­ant things.

Re­searchers from Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don set up an on­line poll and found the top three words as­so­ci­ated with wasps were ‘sting’, ‘an­noy­ing’ and ‘pain.’ Bees and other in­sects in the poll trig­gered much more pos­i­tive thoughts.

Lots of peo­ple were found to dis­like wasps or think they were use­less, but did you know they pol­li­nate flow­ers and crops, too? They also help to con­trol crop pests and in­sects that carry dis­eases.

Just like bees, wasps are threat­ened by prob­lems such as cli­mate change and more needs to be done to help them.

Dr Seirian Sum­ner, who led the study, said we need to learn about what the in­sects do, so that we grow to ap­pre­ci­ate them. Per­haps then our at­ti­tudes to­wards wasps will change.

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