Thursday, July 9, 2009

Nature Study 1B Wasps

Following up on our first Handbook of Nature Study lesson, we learned a little bit about wasps this week. Wasps are related to bees, but are not hairy like bees are. Wasps are solitary or social- those are the ones that build those paper pulp nests, like the one we saw on the slide the other day. Only the females have stingers. Some live on nectar, but others are omnivores, and eat carrion along with their sweets. Some wasps are parasitic, and they lay their eggs inside caterpillars, then when the eggs hatch, they eat the caterpillar from the inside out. Totally awesome, apparently. We did all agree that using parasitic wasps for pest control was way cooler than using toxic pesticides. Though I guess we don't want close encounters with either form of insect control!

3 comments:

Miss Serenity said...

Interesting! I was just reading that bumble bees can also be solitary or social. Strange creatures.

Miss Serenity said...

Oops... that was really me.

Jennifer

mama-aya said...

Huh! I didn't know that bumblebees could be solitary. Good I've learned something new today! All the flood-cleanup is leaving me feeling like I'm just getting the same lesson over and over again!