Laughing Frequently, Photos of Fauna Wasps, Vancouver BC 22 June 2017 04 October 2017 Insects Taking photos on the D-Day anniversary, in a completely unsustainable crouch, I got distant shots of skittish wasps: tiny images even at max zoom. Not all photos are great art. And that’s OK. Belly flop! Who put this lupin in my flight path? Face plant! National Treasure #148: Oscar Peterson Beach Views, Vancouver BC 12 Comments Ian Hepher 25 June 2017 at 12:38 pm 3 years ago I don’t care for them either. Even birds don’t eat them. The word itself has a nasty, sandpapery sound to it. But…they do serve to keep other pests away, so I am told. There’s your positive…you don’t want to be stingy with positives, even concerning wasps. Isabel Gibson 25 June 2017 at 1:10 pm 3 years ago Ian – You got me to wondering what would eat a wasp. A few (cautious) birds, apparently, some amphibians and reptiles, and other insects (like dragonflies, hurray!). It is a sad thing to be celebrated for your predators. Tom Watson 25 June 2017 at 12:46 pm 3 years ago I don’t normally sign petitions, but if there is one for “Don’t like wasps” I’d be sorely tempted to sign it. Tom Isabel Gibson 25 June 2017 at 1:11 pm 3 years ago Tom – Yes, with about as much effect as many other petitions. Every time I fly across this great land, I’m tempted to launch a petition to scrunch it. Anne Miller 25 June 2017 at 1:11 pm 3 years ago I’m no fan of the wasp either so I have to admit that the photos and accompanying comments gave me a guilty twinge of pleasure. Does that count as a positive? Isabel Gibson 25 June 2017 at 1:20 pm 3 years ago Anne – That’s a conundrum, as is the problem of how to count anyone who reads your admission and feels good about themselves because they didn’t have that thought, while discounting any guilt they feel for feeling superior on that account if indeed, they did so feel. This is getting pretty complicated, which is another negative to ascribe to the wasp, I feel. Marilyn 25 June 2017 at 2:28 pm 3 years ago And then there’s the Costa Rican President who calmly swallows a wasp while talking to reporters a couple of days ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L2O1-_fe7E Isabel Gibson 25 June 2017 at 6:42 pm 3 years ago Marilyn – That’s sort of endearing. He tries to carry on as if nothing had happened, and then gives in to the moment and laughs. Thanks! Laurna Tallman 25 June 2017 at 4:14 pm 3 years ago I used to think of wasps as an unpleasantness smart people simply avoided. Dad pointed out their flight paths at the cottage so we could avoid them. He dealt with the wasps’ nests at night by flashlight, stunning them with smoke before carefully crushing the nest and its inhabitants. Those were the days before Raid made the job easier, if more toxic. Years later, while looking into a shed window I was stung on the lip repeatedly and was so shocked — not to mention pained — that I burst into tears. I am not one to cry easily. It seems I had blocked a wasp highway through that window. My tolerance for wasps slipped a few notches. Then, last year, one of our grandchildren went into moderately dangerous anaphylactic shock following a wasp sting. Those little varmints can kill. If I encounter them now I am ruthless. Yet, I do admire your photos! Isabel Gibson 25 June 2017 at 6:48 pm 3 years ago Laurna – As a child I had a big reaction to a wasp sting – not anaphylactic but a painful, huge lump. We just put some mud on it and moved on. Now I’d dose it with antihistamine or something similar. I wonder how many people died of similar stings without anyone ever knowing what the heck it was? I’m glad your grandchild wasn’t one of those. Jim Taylor 26 June 2017 at 12:32 am 3 years ago I’m late coming into this discussion, but it seems to me that the thing about wasps is the guilt-by-association complex. Wasps sting, and I have no hesitation in zapping them with pesticides. But I see people who carry that fear (and loathing) over to honeybees and bumblebees. Bumblebees are amazingly tolerant creatures; they rarely sting. Honeybees clustered on our lavender blossoms will leave me alone as long as I leave them alone; they’re utterly devoted to their work. Jim T Isabel Gibson 26 June 2017 at 12:45 am 3 years ago Jim T – I wonder if the fear of honeybees is fed by the cartoon image of them swarming out to defend their hive. But I have no clear categories of bees in my head (although I have some fabulous photos to be shared at a later date). Comments are closed.