Some say 2022 is ‘The Year of the Wasp’. Is that a bad thing or a good thing?
- If something is annoying it makes you feel angry and impatient.
- Friend or foe? A person or animal that is friendly or one that is dangerous?
- Pesticides are chemicals that farmers use to kill harmful insects.
- Pollen is the very fine, usually yellow dust in the centre of a plant. It is carried to other plants of the same kind usually by wind or insects so that the plants can produce seeds
- Orchids are plants with brightly coloured, unusually shaped flowers. See here https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=orchids&iax=images&ia=images
- A fig is a soft sweet fruit that grows on a fig tree. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=figs&t=ffab&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images
- If a person or animal is in the last throes of their life, their life is almost over. They are dying.
- Pests are insects or small animals which damage crops (gewassen) or food supplies.
- Food insecurity is when there is not enough food for people. Global food insecurity is when there is not enough food all over the world.
- What is true about wasps? Select all the correct answers.
a They are the reason that the bee population went down.
b They can be trained to detect explosives and illegal drugs.
c They can recognise each other’s faces.
d They catch huge amounts of insects every year.
e They have a very bad effect on the ecosystem.
f They live for only two weeks to a month.
g They protect plant life, crops, and other creatures.
- How many species of wasps are there?
a About thirty different species.
b One hundred different species.
c Thousands of species.
d Fourteen million species.
- What would happen if all wasps in the world just disappeared?
a Nothing: It would not make a difference.
b We would have more pests and less biodiversity.
c We would have more plants like figs and orchids.
d We would not be able to detect explosives and illegal drugs.