Wasps… they’re pretty annoying. But what would happen if all the wasps in the world just disappeared? Well, before you start celebrating, let’s have a little look at some of the lesser-known wonders of wasps. If there are no wasps, it’s not just the insect that would be lost, but a complex society with some surprising similarities to our own. All wasps have a role to fulfil – be it as a queen, or the wasp equivalent of a caretaker, a guard, or even a nanny.
There have been even more wasps, bees and hornets around this summer than normal.
It could be partly down to the summer heat wave, with the warm conditions causing fruit and flowers to ripen earlier.
But you saw a yellow and black striped insect flying around the garden, would you know if it was a wasp, bee, or a hornet?