I don’t donate money to any animal funds currently. However, if saving the wasp was going to have broader benefits than just saving the wasp, then perhaps. For instance, I would donate money into research into why our bee population is dying out, because bees are so important in terms of food production and within the eco system. It has nothing to do with cuteness or lack of though. It is purely about the wider impact losing wasps/bees might have. I might also donate to the World Wild Life fund to protect animals generally.
I’m always saving the lives of bugs, wasps are no exception I’m just a little more careful not to get hurt in the process.
As far as donating money to save wasps, I struggle to donate money to causes closer to my heart on my income so they take priority when I do have money to offer. I like bugs a lot, they fascinate me but I have never considered donating to their cause but I would donate to preserve habitats in which certain bugs may live.
Gadzooks, I really would not go out of the way to save either one of them. Maybe less for the wasp because its life is pretty ephemeral anyhow. The only plus the seal has is that it is an animal as oppose to an insect, higher up on the food chain, but still a creature.
I have saved wasps in the past from a watery grave in my bird bath…. In that I plucked them out of the water & laid them on the deck to recover. Maybe once a bird took advantage of an easy moist meal while the wasp was coming to….. I don’t know, but good intensions where there from my part :-/
I agree with @josie. I always get stupid wasps building nest on my porch. I use to get someone else to spray them but now there are more that keep comming so I spray them all myself. At one point there were so many that everytime I went out there to water my plants, they would get aggressive. I figured if I didn’t bother them they wouldn’t bother me and I was wrong.
Bastards even try building nest in my lawn chairs.
They don’t pay rent and they make nasty roommates. They got to go.
I don’t know if I would pay, but, I DID just save a wasp yesterday, it got in my house from it’s nest under the eaves in my garage and I captured it and let it out so it could tend to it’s little grubby babies. lol
I also ran into a butterfly driving the other day and it really bummed me out.
I believe we should not randomly kill anything unless it is a danger to us in some way, like a rattlesnake in my bedroom.
I always take the extra minute to try and catch something rather than just unconsciously squash it.
This reminds me of when I found a wasp on my bed in college. I vacuumed him up, but then I could see him walking around inside the clear trash compartment on the vacuum. I was inclined to leave him. My roommate took the vacuum outside and took it apart and let him free. She is more humane than I, I suppose.
I’m trying to figure out what kind of situation a wasp would be in where he/she would need his/her life saved. I really am! I’m just rackin’ my brains here. AND how an endangered wasp be alive long enough to get advertising out. SAVE THE WASP!!!
But, yes. If there was a wasp drowning in a pool I’d flip it out onto dry land. @Mariah I would have done the same as your roommate.
I only kill bugs if they are too near my son’s playset…even then, I attempt to remove them safely first. Indoor wasps might get killed by a cat. Since I would prefer to not have any of my animals stung, try to catch them in a glass and get them outdoors.
Last summer, a wasp made her nest on our front porch. I was able to get it down while she was watching over her babies. I set it inside an old metal mailbox and moved the nest to a back corner of our yard. My son went to check on the babies everyday. One day he came running and said “All the babies have left their hive now!”
Two summers ago a wasp made her nest ON a can of wasp spray in a bench on my deck that had storage under the seat. The irony was so amazing, like a Farside cartoon, I let her raise her family and then got rid of the mud ball nest. I just didn’t let anyone sit on the bench for a few weeks. lol
The wasp spray was some that my gardener had bought before he knew I am not a fan of poisons on my property.
That’s hilarious @Coloma. I think the universe may have been messing with you! ;)
@Dutchess_III Nope. Here in Wis we don’t have too many anyway…and have never had one in or near our home. Mosquitoes must die. I have extreme reactions to bug bites, and try as I might with every “deet” product I can, I still must slap many per day.
@Dutchess_III I will always go out of my way to save roaches. For about 6 years or so, I kept them as pets. Although they were the giant madagascar hissing roaches, that doesn’t mean I think any less of the more common ones. They were my babies. I would play with them, let them eat out of my hands, and dust them with flour when they had mites. So, personally, I hold cockroaches higher than any other insect. They are amazing.
One individual wasp means nothing, it would be akin to “saving” your toenail clipping. Saving the hive on the other hand would make sense. As each wasp in a hive is genetically identical to it’s sisters, each wasp can be thought of as just part of a larger organism, the hive. Each hive is genetically separate from every other hive of the same wasp species but the individuals are not particularly relevant when it comes to saving wasps.
Well..I just got in and must toot my own horn, missed running over a squirrel that was extremely squirrely, I swear it was a goner, then, it popped out from behind my car again. lol
No bad squirrel karma for me today. Whew!
The last this is adorable. But nah, I wouldn’t save it. Not because it’s a pro at surviving, like the vulture, cockroach or the shark and doesn’t actually need my help, but because…well, man fucking with nature, even with good intention, is always pretty ugly.
Depends on the wasp. Some actually are beneficial, such as parasitic wasps. I am especially fond of the Ichneumon Wasp, which is parasitic, and no, I would not kill it, although this one moves much too fast to try to catch and release outdoors. http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/cimg327.html
Right now I have a small wasp nest between the eave and inside wall of my garage. It is so loud when it is vibrating between the molding and wall. It sounds EXACTLY like a vibrating cell phone. Zzzzzt, zzzzt, zzzzzt lol