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Sniffer Dogs' Wasp Threat

Author: Jonty Adderley
Sunday, November 25, 2001
Dutch scientists are training wasps to join the war on drugs, after discovering the fiendishly aggressive insects are remarkably talented at detecting narcotics. "The antennae of wasps are more sensitive to certain substances than a dog's nose, and they have proven to be good learners," said a scientist from Holland's Institute of Ecology. "The downside is that they live for just a couple of months. And dogs have a personality. Wasps don't have that." Furthermore, while sniffer dogs take 6 months to train, individual wasps can be brought up to speed within an hour. (The Metro) (Every year 90+ people die in the US from bee and wasp stings. . .)