Wasps: they need love
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.