nets and wasps
r.d.j.butcher at dundee.ac.uk
Wed Jun 23 06:51:52 EDT 1999
> > 2) Tell them you collect wasps, or flies, or beetles or something else less
> > cuddly than butterflies. Works every time, the response varies from complete
> > disbelief (see "What nets are for" in 1), to: "take as many of the nasty
> > things as you want" .
Well, as someone who carries a net (occasionally) principally for
the purpose of collecting parasitic wasps, i can confirm with James
et al. except the people i meet usually have a liking for bees,as
long as they stay away from themselves and their picnic etc, but on
average mention wasps (usually assumed all to be " nasty" stinging
vespidae) and they are only too happy for you to kill them.
Personally, i find this attitude very sad and try to enlighten the
people i meet on my few collecting trips, and the students here, that
all life forms (yes, as a zoologist, well a trainee one anyway, i
will most definately include plants, microbes etc) are equally
interesting, valid etc.
Surpisingly, i have good success with wasps including parasitic wasps
(Darwins nightmare that lead him to disbelieve in an omnipotent
benevolent God, sorry for the misquote)...but flies, NO. They might
not sting etc, but whether if its the drosophila experiments at
school, or the image of the germ carrying housefly i dont know, but
sympathy for them is low.
Evolutionary and Ecological Entomology Unit,
Department of Biological Sciences,
Dundee, DD1 4HN,
Work Phone:- 01382-344291 (Office), 01382-344756 (Lab).
e-mail:- r.d.j.butcher at dundee.ac.uk
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