23 Oct 2014

Wasp research - Dr Bob Brown

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:08 pm on 23 October 2014

Wasp Heavily infested German queen
Heavily infested German queen wasp. Image © Dr Bob Brown.

A breed of mites may provide a solution to the South Island's huge wasp problem. It's believed the number of wasps in the South's beech forests is the highest in the world, with the insects posing a number of health, environmental, and economic risks. The prospect of mites cutting the wasp population came to light in a survey carried out by Landcare Research.

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