Thursday, 23 June 2011

Wasps and My Dislike of Them

To be honest, I've never met a person who actually likes wasps. No one is ever pleased to find them in the car with you, and they are hardly ever welcomed at picnics. I myself really dislike them. My partner is petrified of them! (Yet he can stomach spiders. Very odd.) But today a particular article was highlighted to me that made the wasp fall even further down in my estimation.

This article points out that there is a parasitic wasp that lays its eggs in a ladybird. A Lady bird! shit...the tiny wasp thing then eats the ladybird host's insides! It then bursts out of the poor ladybird (quite like in Alien, I imagine) and then gets the ladybird to protect it while it builds a cocoon. And if that weren't bad enough, the ladybird protects it by twitching because they think it's been poisoned!

That has actually ruined my day a little bit. (Though I imagine there are quite a few smug greenfly.)

OK so it's not all wasps that do that. But still, it's not giving them a good name.

Anyway, here's the article.

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