This party crasher has a bad reputation. And gets swatted, smashed, slapped and thwacked.
So here I am to sing their praises.
Did you know?
Social wasps kill large numbers of spiders, millipedes and agricultural pests such as caterpillars and aphids, which means fewer toxic pesticides are needed.
About 100 species of orchid rely on wasps for pollination; without these wasps, the orchids just wouldn’t be.
Wasps also pollinate the flowers they visit for nectar collection, but their contribution to pollination often gets overlooked.
Yes, they deliver a painful sting.But their venom may prove to be healing to humans. Research is being done on a chemical found in the venom of a tropical social wasp (Polybia paulista) which destroys certain types of cancerous cells.
Here’s a non-threatening wasp, drawn in black thread onto a floral printed cotton fabric, using the free-motion embroidery technique. The hoop measures 4.5 inches in diameter (11cm) and is ready to hang by the screw at the top. Included is a piece of ribbon you can also use to hang it. She will be right at home with your collection of nature inspired art.
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