Nature for Absolute Beginners: Wasps, Galls and Wasp Mimics
Wasps are desperately misunderstood insects. Because they aren't as cuddly as bees (nor do they make honey), wasps are considered fair game for eradicating at every opportunity. But not only are they excellent pollinators, wasps help rid our environment of unwanted pests as well as helping to decompose dead insects and animals. They can also be a natural form of pesticide for farmers. Read on. I hope that by the time you finish this article, you will have a better understanding of wasps and their important place in our world. This article was published in The Henley Standard on 2 September 2022.