Speaker: Dr Gavin Broad

Wasps are not exactly the beekeeper’s favourite insect, and we usually encounter them as a threat to our bees. However, even as a beekeeper, one has to admire their effectiveness at what they do. They are beneficial insects and wonderful, fascinating creatures. Related to bees, wasps are an ancient family of insects which has evolved into thousands of different species, some with very strange and exotic life-cycles. Gavin Broad, the principal curator of insects at the Natural History
Museum in London, will take us through the spectrum of wasp evolution and introduce us to some of the species he has encountered. He has made a particular study of Ichneumonidae – parasitic wasps, and is convinced that wasps do not deserve their bad reputation. Learn about wasps that build nests, make honey and even practice mind control!


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