Conservationist Scott Tucker Explains How Wasps Are Important

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Wildlife conservationist and 'Expedition New England' host Scott Tucker recently appeared on WTNH's weekend show 'Good Morning Connecticut' to explain how vitally important wasps are to the ecosystem. According to a recent article on WTNH Anchor Chris Velardi pointed out that many people are scared of wasps - and appeared to be surprised to hear that not all wasps are dangerous, but all wasps are critically important on account of how the thousands of insects the eat.

Having a fear of wasps is something that countless people have to deal with everyday. Being concerned about being on the receiving end of a wasp sting is enough to make some people run for cover. Surprisingly though, according to a recent article on, not all wasps are harmful. The article on the family based educational website carried a link to the WTNH Connecticut TV interview where wildlife host Scott Tucker recently explained to anchor Chris Velardi that wasps play a critical role in the ecosystem.

Scott Tucker and his 6 year old son, Race, brought a Polistes Dominula nest into the studio and explained to Velardi that alongside being pollinators, wasps are important as they eat so many flies and caterpillars - two insects that are decimating our plants and trees. The article went on to detail how the Polistes Dominula, often mistaken for the Yellow Jacket, are becoming increasingly popular in North America, and in fact European wasps that likely crossed the Atlantic in a ship around 30 years ago.

The Family Fun Night article detailed how Polistes Dominula are a 'kinder gentler species of wasp better left alone'. According to Tucker, they are relatively harmless, and rarely attack humans. The article did point out however, that Bald Faced Hornets can be dangerous. Tucker stated that they are easily distinguished due to their white face, and their nests, which are usually higher up in trees and football sized, differing to other smaller wasps nests.

Scott Tucker's 'Expedition New England' wildlife and conservation show airs on Cheshire TV in the New England area at 10am on Wednesdays, you can find out more about his work by visiting is a family themed blog forum that is packed full of news, reviews, ideas, recipes, trivia and fun for the whole family. If you are looking for new and exciting ideas for ways to enjoy spending time with your family visit You'll find a whole host of innovative and fresh ideas and opinions on how to make the most of spending time with your loved ones.

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