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    15/04/2013 at 16:07
Lovely x x
16/04/2013 at 15:54
Hurrah :-)
16/04/2013 at 18:28

Not so lovely when one stings though. Half my face swelled up last year and took weeks to return to normal

20/04/2013 at 21:51
Dear Matty2, indeed anyone who has been stung by a wasp

It has become something of a cliché that every year I defend wasps, because 'they are our friends'. After birds and spiders wasps are some of the most important insect predators we have in our gardens, eating flies, caterpillars, aphids, leaf hoppers and all manner of other small critters. They are part of the natural balance that keeps us from being overrun by pests and diseases. They are pollinators too.

Wasps do sting, but so too do honeybees and bumblebees. In all the posts about bees on the Gardeners’ World website never once has anyone commented on the beastly unpleasantness of bee stings. Yet wasps constantly suffer this repeated accusation.

Enough is enough. Now I rant. And to achieve pompous grandiosity, I’ve written this in the third person pleural. For added emphasis.

We interact with the environment in many ways. We see it, but we also touch it, feel it, smell it, taste it, eat it, play in it, walk in it, lie down in it. We are the richer for this tactile, olfactory (and all the other) sensual interactions. Sometimes we react to the environment in a less than pleasant way. We might get a rash from rue, we might get a splinter from a log, or a thorn from a rose, or stub a toe on a rock. But beyond a quietly uttered curse, we do not complainingly disparage them.

Stinging nettles sting. Grass pollen may make us sneeze, or a tall plant stem might poke in the eye when we’re bending down. This does not make the world, or even individual parts of it, intrinsically dangerous or evil. It just means we are not merely casual observers of a disinterested cosmos. Life really isn’t like watching the telly. It’s a natural world out there. We are part of this natural world. So are wasps.
20/04/2013 at 22:01

With you all the way Richard. I've been stung by a wasp three times. Each time it ws me threatening them, even though I didn't know it til it was too late. Pulled up a large weed, nest underneath. Cut back a shrub, nest suspended in it. The last went down my bike jacket whilst riding along. Hardly the wasp's fault

20/04/2013 at 23:48

As one who has an allergic reaction to wasps I steer well clear. This one 'flew' at me, not on purpose and I am someone who appreciates their place in the run of things, 

Unfortunately when stung it includes hospital trips etc and a great deal of pain - insect bites and bee stings have same reaction, Just another point of view, not an argument 

21/04/2013 at 07:22

I like them but I also know people who have severe reaction to them so I totally understand the 'fear' Matty. When you see the incredible structures they build it's quite amazing. I once had a sawfly in my garden which looks like a giant wasp- very scary if you don't know what it is!

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