A Conversation for Wasps

What? You think wasps are all yellow and black?

Post 1

Tibley Bobley

I say chaps! I just have to point out that you're only telling a fraction of a huge story here - right from the start with the statement:

"Wasps are yellow and black striped flying insects..." - and then going on to grumble about how rotten they are and advising the reader on the best ways to kill them.

There are believed to be somewhere in the region of 100,000 species of wasp (yes, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND!) and not all of them are yellow and black striped and some of them collect nectar and pollen - just like bees. Here's a selection of some very lovely wasps that I hope will help you to adjust your view of them:

This beauty is "The Great Golden Digger Wasp": http://bugguide.net/node/view/277173/bgimage

And this handsome creature is a "Pollen Wasp": http://www.bentler.us/eastern-washington/animals/insects/wasps/pollen-wasp-pseudomasaris-zonalis.aspx

A very pretty blue "Mud Dauber" wasp: http://bugguide.net/node/view/119853

The fabulous jewel of a wasp - "Chrysidids": http://bugguide.net/node/view/26806

A Copper, black and blue "Scollid" wasp: http://bugguide.net/node/view/144358

A slightly messy looking "Myzinum quinquecinctum" wasp: http://bugguide.net/node/view/51639

See? Beautiful!

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