Due to climate change and human activity, among other factors, wasps are being wiped out as quickly as bees. And the fact that wasps are going extinct is as destructive to our planet as in the case of the bees extinction. According to a study headed by Dr. Seirian Sumner, an environmental scientist at University College of London (UCL), we don’t understand those insects’ role for the environment.
“It’s clear we have a very different emotional connection to wasps than to bees. We have lived in harmony with bees for a very long time, domesticating some species. But human-wasp interactions are often unpleasant as they ruin picnics and nest in our home,” explained Dr. Seirian Sumner.
“Despite this, we need to actively overhaul the negative image of wasps to protect the ecological benefits they bring to our planet. They are facing a similar decline to bees, and that is something the world can’t afford,” the researcher added.
Wasps, as well as bees, are vital organisms for our planet’s ecosystems
According to this recent study, published in the journal Ecological Entomology, wasps and bees are two of the most critical living creatures for the Earth’s ecosystems. Both wasps and bees pollinate our flowers and crops, and, while the bees provide us with their tasty honey, wasps kill pests and eliminate some of the insects that carry diseases.
As reported by Dr. Seirian Sumner and his co-workers, wasps populations are also endangered by climate change, pollution, and human activity, among other factors, so we should take measures to avoid a massive wasps extinction which could have the same negative consequences as the disappearance of the bees.
Also, the new research revealed that bees are more loved than butterflies, while, on the other hand, wasps are among the most hated insects.
“Global concern about the decline of pollinators has resulted in a phenomenal level of public interest in, and support of, bees. It would be fantastic if this could be mirrored for wasps. The first step on the way to this would be for scientists to appreciate wasps more and provide the required research on their economic and societal value,” added the study’s co-author, Dr. Alessandro Cini of UCL and the University of Florence in Italy.
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