Wonderful Wasps

November 2022
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    10th November 2022
  • ISBN 9781486315734
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 9.8" x 9.8"
  • Images color illus throughout

What do you know about wasps?

There are wasps that shimmer in shades of bright blue and green. There are some without wings – and some almost too tiny to see. Some capture spiders, while others nest in fruit or mud.

With over 12,000 species found in Australia, Wonderful Wasps brings the beauty and importance of native wasps to life, and reminds us every creature matters in its own wonderful way.

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 5 to 9.


  • Stunning illustrations showcase the beauty and unique features of Australian native wasps.
  • Highlights how important native wasps are for pollination and insect control.
  • Explores how even the smallest – and sometimes less-liked – creatures matter for our natural environment.
  • Learn more about wasps and the featured Australian species in the information section at the end.
  • Contains a Glossary to help children understand new science terms.

Katrina Germein

Katrina Germein is a teacher and award-winning children’s author. She writes picture books about family, fun and the natural environment.

Suzanne Houghton

Suzanne Houghton is an award-winning author and illustrator of several books, including Wonderful Wasps and Life in a Hollow. She loves nothing more than to splash color on a page and bring joy to readers.

Insects; native fauna; wasps; pollinators