The term wasp is typically defined as any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor an ant. Almost every pest insect species has at least one wasp species that preys upon it or parasitizes it, making wasps critically important in natural control of their numbers, or natural biocontrol. Parasitic wasps are increasingly used in agricultural pest control as they prey mostly on pest insects and have little impact on crops.
"They buzz, they sting, they ruin everything"
What is it with these damn things? They fly around with their stupid buzzing noise, bumping into windows and sniffing round any food they can find. If you get too close they’ll sting you for no reason, then fly off before you can exact the revenge they deserve. Try sitting in a pub garden in the summer, see how long it is before one of them is trying to climb into your pint. These irritating little buggers build their nests in your loft, frighten your children, sting your arm, ruin your barbie and annoy your dog. They serve no purpose; let’s have a campaign to eradicate them.
As we move into the main holiday season, both children and adults will be working and playing outside in gardens, parks, on beaches. Barbecues will be going and picnics will be being enjoyed across the land only to be interrupted by one of the scariest of pests - the pest that is guaranteed to have children screaming and mothers frantically waving their arms around to get the invaders away from the cold meats.
The wasp is a social insect of the same order as ants, Hymenoptera (a name which refers to the types of wing that these insects have). There are over 7,000 types of wasp that inhabit our part of the world including many variants of parasitic wasps.
However, it is the big yellow and black species that strikes fear into us – this includes the common wasp and its various similar cousins, such as the hornet. There are eight social wasp species in the UK that look...