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Something’s missing – where are all the wasps?

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Richard Zack
Richard Zack

PULLMAN, Wash. – A force of nature has taken the sting out of the region’s wasp population.

“The number of yellow jackets is really down from what we normally see this time of summer — really down,” said Washington State University entomologist Richard Zack. » More …

New ‘Alien’ wasp discovered in Washington state

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

waspPULLMAN, Wash. – The discovery in Washington state of a parasitic wasp that kills its host like a scene from the “Alien” sci-fi movie has entomologists cheering from the west coast to the east. » More …

Close encounters of the wasp kind

yellowjacketYAKIMA, Wash. – As August wears on and wasp colonies reach peak size, sun worshippers and picnickers beware: One rolled-up newspaper swat at a yellowjacket crawling toward that spilled ice tea or platter of grilled hamburgers could unleash a flying armada of angry co-workers if a nest is nearby.
 
When a yellowjacket is smashed, its venom sac releases an alarm chemical that alerts nearby guard wasps to come and defend, according to Peter Landolt, a research entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Yakima and adjunct faculty member at Washington State University. Even the … » More …