Buzz Off, Wasps! The Weird & Wacky Lifecycle of Late-Summer Intruders

Buzz Off, Wasps! The Weird & Wacky Lifecycle of Late-Summer Intruders

Hello Planeteers!

Welcome back to another season of the "Nature Just Got Real" podcast for kids.

In this first episode of the season, we're delving into the world of those late-summer, early-fall intruders that have a knack for sending us into swatting frenzies - WASPS!

Picture this: You're out in your backyard, savoring the last moments of warm weather, when suddenly, a stealthy visitor buzzes by. You swat at it like it owes you money, but instead of scaring it away, you've just ignited the "wasp war dance." What's the deal with these guys, and why are they seemingly everywhere in late summer?

Well, buckle up, because you're about to uncover the incredible secrets of these buzzing insects, from their lifecycle to why they show up in large numbers during late summer and early fall. But remember, there's more to these creatures than meets the eye, and swatting at them isn't the best way to handle their presence. Dr. Chuck Darwin gives us a cool scientific word we can use, and Tito rattles off fascinating wasp facts. We'll also learn how kids can help out with a special project included in the episode.

The Wondrous Lifecycle of Wasps

Did you know that wasps go through a remarkable transformation during their lives? In the latest episode, we talk about the fascinating lifecycle of these insects. From tiny eggs to full-grown wasps, you'll discover how they grow and change, and why each stage of their life is so important.

Late Summer and Early Fall Wasp Boom

Have you ever wondered why we see so many wasps buzzing around during late summer and early fall? We have the answers! It turns out that this is a critical time for these insects, and their increased presence is all part of a natural process. You'll learn why they're so busy and why they play a crucial role in our environment.

Why Swatting Is a No-No

Okay, here's a big question: What should you do when you see a wasp buzzing near you? Captain Jack has some important advice. Swatting at wasps might seem like the right thing to do, but it can actually be harmful to both you and the wasp. In the episode, you'll find out why it's best to stay calm and avoid any sudden movements when these insects are around.

Kids Can Make a Difference

Now, here's the exciting part! We’ll give you a special project that you, yes you, can get involved in to help wasps and YOURSELF!. This hands-on project will not only teach you more about these fascinating insects but also show you how even small actions can have a big impact. So, get ready to roll up your sleeves and become a champion for wasps! Get the project PDF HERE.

How to Tune In

If you're eager to embark on this exciting journey into the world of wasps and learn more about how you can help them, make sure to listen to the latest episode of "Nature Just Got Real." You can find the podcast as a video on YouTube@WeirdandWackyPlanet, or as audio only at or wherever you get your podcasts, so grab your headphones, gather your friends and family, and get ready to be amazed by the wonders of nature.

If you're an educator, you can get the Classroom Resources for Educators PDF for this episode HERE.

Remember, every creature, no matter how small, plays a vital role in our world, and wasps are no exception. Thanks to "Nature Just Got Real," you'll soon discover just how important these buzzing insects are and how you can make a positive difference in their lives and ours. So, let's get buzzing, let's get learning, and go have a wasp-appreciating adventure in YOUR neighborhood!


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