When I say the word “wasp” to a group of people, whether they are children or adults, you can sense the apprehension in the room.

In most people’s minds, wasps are nothing more than a nuisance insect, capable of delivering a painful sting, and having little value otherwise. Only a handful of the 35,000 species of wasps can actually sting humans, and most species, including the stinging species, are excellent at controlling other insects or serving as pollinators.

Jeff Burbrink is an educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or jburbrink@purdue.edu.

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