Endless Forms: Reasons to Love Wasps

There's a lot more to your stripy picnic friend than meets the eye.

Wasps matter to you and the world. There are five times more species of wasps than bees, including wasps that mate inside plants and wasps that turn cockroaches into zombies. Wasps taught us how to make paper. They are architects and guardians of microorganisms. They are invaders, pollinators, pharmacists, seed dispersers, predators, and even nature's pest controllers. The endless forms of wasps provide us with a window into evolution's most remarkable inventions, and may even hold a cure for cancer.

Join us for a journey into the secret world of wasps that is guaranteed to blow your mind!

You'll also have a chance to buy a copy of Seirian Sumner's acclaimed book, Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps.

Part of the newly-formed Oxford Entomology Society lecture series.

This event is free, but please book your tickets in advance.


About the Speaker


Seirian Sumner is a professor of behavioural ecology at University College London. She studies social insects to understand their behaviour, ecology, evolution, and role in ecosystems. She is especially fond of wasps and is working hard to give them a PR makeover. As part of these efforts, she co-founded the Big Wasp Survey in 2017 – a citizen science project to help the public engage with the social wasps in their back gardens. In May 2022, Seirian published Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps, giving everyone a reason to better appreciate wasps.

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