Wasps have had a tough year. Photo: Monkey Mash Button/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Cold spring means fewer wasp stings

The number of reported bee and wasp stings this summer has been the lowest for over a decade, news agency TT reports.

Sweden's Poisons Information Centre only had 24 calls during June and July, the lowest this century, despite the fact that the warm summer weather should have been good for the flying insects.

Didrik Vanhoenacker from Stockholm's Natural History Museum says the cold winter and spring may have killed off many queens.

Adder snakes have been more active, however. The Poisons Information Centre received 274 calls about snake bites during the summer, TT reports.

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