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25 Might 2022

A yellow-legged Asian hornet, flying in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Countless Types: The key world of wasps

Seirian Sumner

William Collins

 

“It’s nearly unimaginable to stroll right into a bookshop nowadays and never stumble upon a lovely e-book about bees,” Seirian Sumner grumbles in her full of life and intermittently stomach-churning new e-book, Countless Types. The London-based behavioural ecologist has reached “peak bee”. What are bees, anyway, she writes, however wasps which have forgotten learn how to hunt? The “unique bee” was a solitary wasp that turned vegetarian, simply because the “first ant” …



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