New sting for mother nature: Four in ten children mistake a bee for a wasp
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
03rd September 2009
Four out of ten children can't tell the difference between a wasp and a bee, a study revealed today.
Researchers found 37 per cent of youngsters aged between five and ten didn't know what a bee looked like - with one in three mistaking it for a wasp.
Incredibly, three per cent picked 'fly' when shown a picture of a bee.
Children were also baffled by the difference between rodents. Almost a third had no idea what a mouse looked like, with six per cent confusing it with a gerbil. And nearly two thirds also struggled to tell a toad from a frog.
The children surveyed were unsure when it came to larger animals too. One in 20 had no idea that a polar bear lives in the frozen wastelands of the North Pole.
The study of 1,600 children was carried out by aircraft manufacturer Airbus to raise children's awareness of biodiversity.