I am an MSci student working on my dissertation project in the Sumner lab. My project looked at caste differences and aspects of the colony cycle in a species of Swarm-Founding wasp native to Trinidad; Metapolybia cingulata.
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VIDEO Check out this time-lapse video from my 2014 field season of a busy potter wasp constructing a pot in the Arima Valley, Trinidad.
We at the Sumner Group encounter this question a lot. Wasps are just useless, painful, and inexplicably determined to ruin your picnic, right? Actually, no! It turns out that wasps are surprisingly important in more ways than you might guess, and we’ve assembled a handy catalogue of reasons why. So next time we’re asked the infamous question by a passing spheksophobe, we’ll be ready with this checklist of reasons to love our flying relations… Your common garden
Today we welcome Patrick Kennedy and Sam Duckerin to the Sumner group! Patrick and Sam will spend the next 4 years investigating social evolution in tropical paper-wasps and the effects of pesticides on pollinators respectively.