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Figs are pollinated by wasps - not bees, so other crops may be, too.

ANSWER:Wasps patrol the garden and remove any caterpillars that do harm to the crops. They sting the caterpillars to paralyze them, then cache them in their nests to feed their young as they emerge from their eggs. (This was probably the inspiration behind the movie Alien).

Parasitoid ("parasitic") wasps are among the most important beneficial garden insects in organic garden pest control. They control insect pests at low population densities, beforethey get out of hand.

Most are tiny, gnat-sized insects that lay their eggs in aphids or the eggs of garden insect pests. If you see puffed-up, brown aphid "mummies" on the leaves of your vegetables, they contain a parasitoid wasp larva that will grow and emerge in a few days to attack more aphids. Each female lays eggs in up to 100 insect pests.

Parasitoids patrol the undersides of leaves and flowers, attracted by chemicals given off by insect eggs or feeding insects. Larger parasitoids attack the nymphs of cucumber beetles and squash bugs, as well as caterpillar pests.

Parasitoid wasps are the first insects to die when you use pesticides in the garden. Even the inert carrier oils in pesticides are lethal to these tiny but powerful garden allies, so if you want to attract them to your garden, avoid chemicals.

Adult parasitoid wasps feed on nectar. Abundant, tiny flowers are the key to attracting and sustaining populations of these beneficial garden allies. Alyssum, achillea (yarrow), and flowering herbs like thyme, oregano, dill, fennel, and cilantro that has been allowed to bolt, are all good choices for attracting beneficial insects to organic gardens.

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What is a wasps niche?

The wasp's ecological niche is to assist with pollination. The wasp feeds on the flower's nectar and they also kill insects that are pests.

Do wasps turn into another insect?

No. Wasps are simply wasps.

What are some initiatives he government gives to assist farmers?

they pay people money and thing

What are the different kinds of wasps?

There are nearly 300 types of wasps worldwide. The most common of these include: * Fig wasps - agaonidae * Cuckoo wasps - Chrysididae * Sand wasps (Cicada killer wasp) - Crabronidae * Gall wasps - Cynipidae * Velvet ants - (mutillidae * Fairyflies - Mymaridae * Spider wasps - Pompilidae * Digger wasps - Sphecidae * Flower wasps - Tiphiidae * Honets - Vaspidae * Paper wasps * Pollen wasps * Yellowjackets

What are Red Wasps?

Red wasps are wasps that are red and they will sting you in the balls.

Types of wasps?

There are many types of wasps (over 100,000 species), but they usually fall into one of the two categories - solitary or social. Solitary wasps - mud daubers, pollen wasps, potter wasps. Social wasps - polistine paper wasps.

Do owls eat wasps?

Yes, owls do eat wasps, but wasps can sting you.

Do wasps eat other wasps?


If you destroy a wasps nest will the wasps survive?

Yes, if you destroy just the nest of the wasps they will survive. You will have to spray chemicals to kill the wasps.

Can wasps be male and female?

There are male wasps (drones) and female wasps (queen and workers).

Do rats eat wasps?

Rats are known to eat bees, but not wasps. Dragonflies and spiders are predators of the wasps. Wasps do not have very many predators.

What good does the wasp do?

Wasps should be regarded as beneficial insects. They eat many types of insect pests. Although they can sting, they will not do so unless provoked. Queen wasps can lay as many as 2,000 eggs a day and the wasp larvae are fed on caterpillars, spiders and aphids which the worker wasps collect for them. Worker wasps eat nectar a sugary secretion from the larvae and towards the end of the season there are fewer, if any, larvae and the wasps have to find an alternative food. This is where they turn to over-ripe fruit. The benefits that wasps provide to gardeners and farmers by killing pests far outweighs any nuisance they might cause.

What is spheksophobia?

fear of wasps fear of wasps

Where did wasps come from?

wasps came from Europe

Are wasps nocturnal or diurnal?

Wasps are diurnal.

Do wasps buzz?

Yes, wasps do buzz

What do wasps do in their nests?

They make new wasps.

Are wasps decomposers?

Wasps are not decomposers. They are consumers.

When do wasps sleep?

Wasps do not sleep and they do not fly after dark. At night, wasps will continue to maintain the nest.

Do wasps have lungs?

Wasps don't have lungs, but they do have spiracles. The spiracles are found in the exoskeleton of the wasps, and that is how they breathe.

What are the differences between bees and wasps?

Bees vs WaspsWasps hurt a lot more believe me!! and wasps are faster and they sting more then once

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failing to assist tenant farmers and sharecroppers

What is a large number of wasps called?

A large number of wasps is called a swarm. Wasps are known to feed on other insects and there are over 20,000 species of wasps.

Do wasps produce Honey?

Most wasps do not produce honey, but there are wasps which do. Wasp honey is not consumed by humans.

How are bees different from wasps?

bees are smaller than wasps and wasps are faster andhurt more when they sting