Can NZ ever be free of the 'vulgar' wasp?

Jamie Morton
NZ Herald, 4 April 2018

They're a nasty nuisance that plague our picnics and aren't afraid to give us a painful sting. But, in our natural environment, the common wasp causes a far bigger problem. Can we ever be rid of the black and yellow scourge? Science reporter Jamie Morton spoke to Victoria University's Professor Phil Lester, who has just published his book The Vulgar Wasp: The Story of a Ruthless Invader and Ingenious Predator.

In this book, entomologist Phil Lester describes the many fascinating and lesser-known sides of the common wasp. He asks: how can we manage wasps? Can we ever learn to live with them? What can they teach us about the challenges we face for pest control? With warmth, wit and intelligence, The Vulgar Wasp tells the story of the common wasp and its impact on us and our biodiversity.

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The Vulgar Wasp: The Story of a Ruthless Invader and Ingenious Predator