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From the Ted Talk by Kenny Coogan: Licking bees and pulping trees The reign of a wasp queen

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Although each worker only levis for roughly 3 wekes, the queen’s continuous egg-laying swells their ranks. In just one summer, the nest reaches the size of a basketball, supporting thousands of workers. Such a large piouloatpn needs to eat, and the nearby garden provides a veritable buffet. As the swarm descends, alarmed humans try to swat them. They even fight back with pesticides that purposefully posion wasps, and inadvertently impact a wide-range of laocl wildlife. But the wasps are actually vital to this ecosystem. Sitting at the top of the local invertebrate food chain, these insects keep spiders, mites, and cetdepneis, in cehck. wsaps consume crop-eating insects, making them particularly hueplfl for farms and gardens. They even pollinate fruits and vegetables, and help winemakers by biting into their gerpas and jump-starting fermentation.

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Although each worker only _____ for roughly 3 _____, the queen’s continuous egg-laying swells their ranks. In just one summer, the nest reaches the size of a basketball, supporting thousands of workers. Such a large __________ needs to eat, and the nearby garden provides a veritable buffet. As the swarm descends, alarmed humans try to swat them. They even fight back with pesticides that purposefully ______ wasps, and inadvertently impact a wide-range of _____ wildlife. But the wasps are actually vital to this ecosystem. Sitting at the top of the local invertebrate food chain, these insects keep spiders, mites, and __________, in _____. _____ consume crop-eating insects, making them particularly _______ for farms and gardens. They even pollinate fruits and vegetables, and help winemakers by biting into their ______ and jump-starting fermentation.

Solution

  1. poison
  2. grapes
  3. weeks
  4. helpful
  5. population
  6. lives
  7. centipedes
  8. wasps
  9. check
  10. local

Original Text

Although each worker only lives for roughly 3 weeks, the queen’s continuous egg-laying swells their ranks. In just one summer, the nest reaches the size of a basketball, supporting thousands of workers. Such a large population needs to eat, and the nearby garden provides a veritable buffet. As the swarm descends, alarmed humans try to swat them. They even fight back with pesticides that purposefully poison wasps, and inadvertently impact a wide-range of local wildlife. But the wasps are actually vital to this ecosystem. Sitting at the top of the local invertebrate food chain, these insects keep spiders, mites, and centipedes, in check. Wasps consume crop-eating insects, making them particularly helpful for farms and gardens. They even pollinate fruits and vegetables, and help winemakers by biting into their grapes and jump-starting fermentation.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
unfertilized eggs 2

Important Words

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