The first major wasp control operation of the season, partly funded by Wasp Wipeout supporters, is underway in Abel Tasman National Park. Jonathan Carson reports.
It didn’t take long for wasps to start investigating the blue bait in the yellow box.
Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger John Henderson had just put a dollop of the bait into a station screwed to a Manuka tree in Mosquito Bay, Abel Tasman National Park.
He said news spread quickly in the world of wasps. And the sudden appearance of a protein-rich food source was headline news.
Within minutes, a curious common wasp dropped in for a taste.