‘Nature’s pest controllers’: How wasps reduce chemical pesticide use in farming

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Scientists have put together a map of the UK’s wasp population, showing the distribution of key species. Data recorded by volunteers gives an insight into where wasps are living in the nation’s grasslands, woodlands and towns.

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The researchers say wasps are a much maligned insect, which deserve more attention. Rather than being “bothersome and pointless”, they are in fact beneficial insects, keeping other pests in check.

Dr Seirian Sumner of University College London said wasps are nature’s pest controllers and a world without wasps would mean that we would have to use a lot more pesticides ….

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Map showing distribution of wasp species across the UK

 

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A total of 2,000 people took part …. sending in more than 6,000 wasp samples for identification. The findings were used to draw up a map showing the distribution of common wasps and hornets ….

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