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The vulgar wasp : the story of a ruthless invader and ingenious predator

Author: Phil Lester
Publisher: Wellington : Victoria University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Native to Europe, Vespula vulgaris, the common wasp, has been inadvertently transported around the globe – usually travelling quietly, unseen, sleeping in people’s cargo. Today in New Zealand, the highest known wasp densities have up to 40 nests per hectare. Though we know them as pests, wasps are amazingly efficient predators with some exceptionally smart behaviours. Vespula vulgaris excels as both a hunter and an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phil Lester
ISBN: 9781776561858 1776561856
OCLC Number: 1031341683
Description: 200 pages : colour illustrations; 21 cm
Responsibility: Phil Lester.

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Native to Europe, Vespula vulgaris, the common wasp, has been inadvertently transported around the globe – usually travelling quietly, unseen, sleeping in people’s cargo. Today in New Zealand, the highest known wasp densities have up to 40 nests per hectare. Though we know them as pests, wasps are amazingly efficient predators with some exceptionally smart behaviours. Vespula vulgaris excels as both a hunter and an invader. Some people find them pretty tasty too. 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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