Entomologist behind 'The Big Wasp Survey' defends project against criticism

Entomologist behind 'The Big Wasp Survey' defends project against criticism

Adam Hart spoke to Richard Madeley about the project, which would involve killing the wasps

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

One of the entomologists who will be working on a controversial wasp study has defended the project against its critics. 

The Big Wasp Study aims to find out more about wasps and how they live, as well as the various types. 

However, it has garnered controversy because of the ask for the public to set alcohol traps for the wasps, which would unfortunately kill them. 

Buglife, which seeks to preserve insect life, have been among the critics. 

Adam Hart, who will be working on the study, defended the project in an interview with Richard Madeley. 

He said: "As an entomologist, we knew there’d be negativity about it, but the ends do justify the means.

"I appreciate where Buglife are coming from, we don’t want to diminish the wasp population, but we’ve chosen the time carefully to ensure we don’t have an impact on the population. 

"We want to gather a few wasps around the country, we’re limiting it to a fairly small number of people spread out across the country.

"The workers we’re taking are no longer working for the colony."

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