Wonder wasps


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While some types of wasps live socially in colonies with many individuals, most types of wasps are solitary, and therefore do not form colonies. They spend the majority of their time building their nests and foraging for food for their young larvae. Wasps do not have the minute fur-like covering on their bodies like bees and hence pollen does not stick to their bodies like the way it does when bees visit flowers. Some wasps instead ingest pollen, and like bees are also very important for the pollination of many plants.

Wasps are the second most diverse group of insects after beetles and because many species of wasps prey on leaf eating caterpillars, they are also considered to be beneficial insects by farmers.
Here is an interesting video with some facts about wasps!
Do you also know about the fascinating relationship about the fig trees and the fig wasps without which the fig trees will not be able to survive? Learn more about this here.

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What kind of wasps did you observe and follow? Did you find a wasp nest as well? Send us your notes from your observations on wasps and their nests to edu@ncf-india.org for a chance to win a book on Indian animals. Also tell us about the changes you saw in the wasp nest you were observing over a few days.

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