They're ranked one of the world's worst invasive species. Wasps are feared and hated by many of us, with good reason - they sting. Wasps also place massive pressure on biodiversity. Native to Europe, Vespula vulgaris, the common wasp, has been inadvertently transported around the globe. Though we know them as pests, wasps are amazingly efficient predators with some exceptionally smart behaviours. Some people find them pretty tasty too. In this book, Phil Lester describes the many fascinating and lesser-known sides of the common wasp. He asks: how can we manage wasps? Can we ever learn to live with them? What can they teach us about the challenges we face for pest control? The Vulgar Wasp tells the story of the common wasp and its impact on us.