Source: Egor Kamelev, Pexels free download. Last year essay I posted an essay called Some Truths About the Fascinating Lives of Wasps published in New Scientist by Richard Jones called “Not so Waspish,” with the subtitle “They are one of the least-loved animals, but wasps deserve our affection. It’s time for a rebranding.” The online version is titled ” Wasps may benefit us as much as bees. Could we learn to love them? ” with the subtitle “We love to hate wasps, but they pollinate flowers, kill off pests and their venom might even help us treat cancer.” 1 I learned a lot about wasps from Jones’ essay and the references he provides, and wanted to learn more about these misunderstood insects. So, I was pleased to read a book called Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect by Eric R. Eaton, a writer, editor, and consultant who has worked as an entomologist for many institutions. 2 Here’s what he had to say about his highly informative and beautifully illustrated book about these diverse and fascinating insects. Why did you write Wasps? I wrote Wasps because these insects suffer from a terrible reputation that they do not deserve. We are conditioned to fear and loathe wasps by the… Read full this story
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